My sweet man, Allen Ray Kerns passed away January 30, 2015. He was 71 years old. The head shot is from 1971 when Allen and I were living on Galiano
Island, BC Canada. Al was an artist's artist. He painted and composed paintings up until the week before he died. His love for the American southwest landscape came from watching John Wayne movies like 'The Searchers' and 'Stagecoach'. In 1986 we moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico from Alberta, Canada where Al had attended the Alberta College of Art in Calgary. From Albuquerque, Al would visit and paint the landscapes of Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Canyon de Chelly,Dead Horse Point at Moab Utah, the Banks of the San Juan river and Georgia O'Keefe 's Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu in New Mexico. His landscapes have shown in many art shows throughout the southwest. His 'Old Road to Chama' was chosen for the New Mexico Centennial Art show in Santa Fe in 2012, and for the 'Magnifico' Art show at the Albuquerque Museum 1998. Examine his landscapes carefully and you will find faces of all manner of men and animals and mystical creatures in the monolithic rocks. And that is what Al saw when he painted because he would merge his consciousness into the rocks. Check out his palette. Lavender was his favorite color and it is not a color always associated with the red and orange hues of the southwest landscape. Al did love, love the female form. Every Thursday night he would attend a life drawing session, always honing his skill with rendering the figure into complex paintings with high value. Merge yourself into his paintings and find the magic.
Marie Kerns joined Pixels on April 26th, 2016.