Mary Davies Kerns has been a professional artist for thirty two years. She has been a cattle rancher all her life. Would being a professional artist be easier if she weren’t a full time rancher? Yes, but her artwork wouldn’t be the same. Her paintings are of her life. She and her husband live on the ranch her grandfather homesteaded in the early 1900’s. The arid high desert of Eastern Oregon is what Mary paints. The cattle she observes out her dining room window, the horses, the dogs, the sunsets…these are Mary’s subject matter. The sky, the clouds, the sagebrush haunt her with their subtle beauty.
Currently Mary works in acrylic paint. For larger pieces Mary paints on canvas she tacks to her studio wall. Another option is painting on prepared Masonite. This allows her to customize the size of her painting’s width and height to correspond with her creative vision. Her paintings range in size from 3 x 4” cloudscapes to 30 x 40” panoramas of the vast desert landscapes with huge skies. “I am working to bring the depth and panorama of our space and beautiful skies onto a two dimensional surface”.
Mary’s markets her work throughout the west. A few of her venues have included the Cowboy Poetry and Gear gathering in Elko Nevada, the Clymer Museum in Ellensburg, Washington and summer Art in the Park events in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Boise, Idaho. Her patrons appreciate her fresh approach to Western subject matter.
“Never stop looking at beautiful art. We need beauty in our lives. My beauty is here in the High Desert and I will try my best to share it with you. “
Mary's paintings currently on display at Spark Mercantile in Burns, Oregon.