MICHÈLE J KENNA
Michèle J. Kenna, a transplanted Canadian, has lived in Massachusetts for over 30 years. Growing up in a family involved in art and theater, Michèle pursued her own artistic aspirations by completing her degree in Fine Arts at the University of Toronto. After raising two children in Beverly, MA, Michèle continued to study with nationally known American artists who taught and mentored her in the pastel medium, her primary influences being Frank Federico, PSA 2012 Hall of Fame Honoree and internationally renowned painter, Wolf Kahn. Michèle has also studied with renowned American painters such as Betty Lou Schlemm, Charles Movalli, Ted Minchin, Barbara Moody, Masako Kamiya and many more.
Classes at the Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA, have inspired Michèle to reach out beyond traditional boundaries and to challenge herself to more abstract ways of expression. With a studio at the Porter Mill Studios in Beverly, Michèle continues to develop her unique style of landscape painting. She has exhibited her work in numerous galleries and art associations in the Boston area and the North Shore. Michèle’s commissioned work is part of many private collections in the United States, Canada and Europe.
LOOKING BACK . . . . MOVING FORWARD
Looking back and moving forward has been a constant pull in my life. Looking back on what has happened in my life, learning from it and moving forward with hope to new and unchartered territory. This applies to my art as well.
Rather than stay in my comfort zone of traditional landscape painting I am moving towards a more abstract way of expression. Using mixed media including pastel, acrylic paint, charcoal and ink gives me the freedom to explore, experiment and create unexpected landscapes and abstract paintings. Paintings that reflect my love of color, line markings, texture and mood.
There are disappointments many times in this experimentation, but each painting contains an important "learning piece" which helps me move on more confidently to more successful paintings.
Looking back on my years of work I see a progression towards more abstraction and freedom from the "tyranny of detail." Getting to the essence, the core is my process. My traditional work, which I will always continue to do, has given me the foundation and confidence to move in a different direction – a wonderful metaphor for life.