Soaking It All In, 24 x 24 inches, oil on linen.
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lean slightly on the left side of the canvas, with the relaxed
and serene body language of people who are comfortable
with their surroundings. They are enjoying a cooling breeze
on a hot summer day. One of the women looks away from
the viewer down the beach strand. The other figure’s sun-glassed
gaze points to the right side of the canvas, looking
out toward the ocean.
Elements of the scene prompt the viewer to fill in the gaps,
to imagine what they seeing. Their position to the far left draws
the viewer’s eye deeper into the scene.
Kennedy has succeeded in developing an iconic and rec-ognizable
style without limiting herself to one type of image,
composition or setting. Though she finds specific and special
joy in the painting of motion, and of people and water in the
process of motion, all her works make a distinct appeal to a
sense of youthful nostalgia and invite the viewer to step into a
beloved moment in a memory.
Though they may not have seen the locations that her
paintings depict, patrons of Kennedy’s work travel across
space and time when they interact with her pieces. Like the
films and television advertisements that Kennedy got her
start crafting, these images appeal to something universal
and emotional about memory that relates to its dual ten-dency
to sparkle brighter and become blurrier as time passes.
She continues to develop and experiment with her skills
from her studio in Raleigh, where she and several renowned
visiting painters help develop the minds and skills of North
Carolina artists through workshops and classes.
But she still travels to Wrightsville Beach frequently,
always ready to find the next inspiration for her “Beach
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For Sale By Owner
“March Snow” by Stephen Sebastian, artist’s proof 75/83
18.5” x 26” triple matted and framed.
Signed and dated by artist, also inscribed as follows:
“Best wishes to a real lady and friend Merry Christmas —1983 Stephen”
Privately owned, for sale by owner’s sister.
Can be inspected by appointment only,
at 7232 Wrightsville Avenue, Ste. D, Wilmington, NC
Contact: Pat Bradford 910-367-1137 or 910-256-5830
“Dive Right In”
and prints by
Mary Ellen Golden
Oil on canvas
18 inches high by
24 inches wide
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