All canvas artwork for Colour on Canvas is designed and lovingly hand-painted by increasingly sought after, owner artist, Kerry Bowler, in her home based studio. Each piece is original (as no two pieces ever turn out exactly the same) and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Following a further education in art and design, Kerry has been working as a professional artist for the last 13 years and has sold many paintings online, as well as through galleries, local shops & restaurants & Contemporary Arts Fairs throughout the UK.
Kerry is currently exhibiting in the Devonshire Arms Brasserie & Hotel, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire.
Kerry has also donated work to BBC's DIY SOS and has featured on the programme.
The pieces donated to DIY SOS
All the amazing people who also donated and helped with DIY SOS Scunthorpe - The Big Build
Kerry's Artwork in the Home
An Interview with Kerry.....
Kerry, have you always wanted to be an artist?
Art has always been my absolute passion for as long as I can remember! It was always my favourite subject at school and always came naturally to me. I was always drawing or painting as a child! I did my A levels and went to Art College but didn’t become an artist immediately after leaving. (I was always better at Fine Art on large pieces, and I thought Artists were always poor and their artwork wasn’t worth anything until they died!) For 15 years I worked for Mortgage Lenders as a Mortgage Underwriter and a Complaints Manager, but always knew I wanted to be Self Employed and own my own business one day.
A few years on & not being able to source any artwork I liked for my own home, I painted some canvases for myself, matching to my colour schemes. Looking back, I don’t think these were very good, but family and friends would visit and be amazed I painted them. A few would ask me to paint canvases for them too!
Having 3 young children at home, I wanted the flexibility of my own business more and more. The growth of the Internet and social media platforms helped immensely too! I decided to go for it and set up this website and started to have a go at selling my art on other online art galleries too. It wasn’t easy at first & there were times business was very slow, but I’d get such a buzz when I made a sale and I still do to this day!
I have been working as a full-time artist for nearly 14 years now and can honestly say that I really love my job! My children have grown older; my eldest daughter has fledged the nest and my son (middle child) is away at Uni now. I live in a little village in the Yorkshire Dales with my husband and youngest daughter, who is 15 years old. She likes to help me in the studio sometimes! She seems to have an artistic flair too and you never know, she could be an artist herself one day!
Your art can be described as abstract and decorative; has this always been your style of choice and if so, why?
Yes, I paint art that I like and things I think would suit a stylish & modern interior setting. My styles and techniques are constantly changing through experiment, development & experience. I love experimenting with textures and metallics and love how they change in different lighting of the house and help create a warm and cosy feel on dark nights!
I like to keep up to date with current trends, colours & styles and aim to create tasteful, contemporary art to compliment the modern contemporary home in any size and colours and I try to keep my prices as affordable as I possibly can!
Could you please tell us more about your commission work?
Many of my designs are available to order as fully hand-painted reproductions, in any size and colours through my website. I like to offer a large variety of choice. I also regularly work for a lot of Interior Designers who send me colour samples to match to and I create art to suit!
How would you describe your creative process?
I just try to set out with confidence and let myself go on a piece! It’s pretty much a case of trial and error and having an eye for what looks nice as it ‘happens’ and looks ‘right.’ Not all go so perfectly well immediately. I do have a pile in my studio set to one side that I’ve left alone and one day will try turn them into Masterpieces! I never send anything out to a customer, unless I'm totally happy with it.
Where do you seek inspiration?
From everything around me. One thing I find quite fascinating is that my art sometimes seems to come subconsciously from something I’ve seen or somewhere I may have been spending a lot of time.
I find my art and ideas are constantly developing…. Each canvas I paint, provides me with ideas for the next.
I sometimes take photos or screenshots of things I like, maybe a pattern in fabrics, the ever-changing sky, colour combinations, landscapes, sometimes elements of another artist’s work that I like. Anything! Ideas even sometimes even come to me in dreams!
What does a typical day look like for you?
I get up and ready, drive my daughter to school, get out in my studio and usually the first good couple of hours are spent packing canvases & booking them in with the couriers and answering emails etc. I am exhibiting at the Devonshire Arms, Bolton Abbey Hotel and Brasserie. My work has been selling well there, so some days I drive down there and replace sold canvases.
Then I start working on any commission orders. A lot need to be painted in stages, so I usually have a few on the go at once. If up to date on those, I try work on new Art in Stock canvases too.
Then later, depending on time & how busy I am, I like to try to do some form of exercise – I live in a lovely village in the Yorkshire Dales and we have amazing countryside and Embsay Crag practically on our doorstep, which is a lovely walk or I might try do some yoga, a gym workout, or go out for a run.
We offer a wide range of designs and sizes, but if you would like a canvas in an alternative size or colours, this can be arranged. Please simply get in touch with details of your requirements for a quote!
We offer a friendly, personalised service and can adapt our canvas paintings to suit individual requirements - art to suit your decor, in any size or colours! We also offer a framing service, if you would like your canvas framing. Again, simply send an enquiry for a quote.
A couple of large textured Abstracts ('Shine' & 'Etched' + plus hint of Charcoal) framed and ready to be sent out to a customer!
A lot of the canvas art you will see on this website is textured canvas art and metallic art. The metallic paints, especially when used over texture, really reflect and change in the different light, and we are sure you will find your canvas painting fascinating as it changes as it catches the light.
Purchasing directly from Kerry, at Colour-on-Canvas, means that no expensive gallery commission costs are added, so the prices charged are a lot more affordable!
If you don't see anything in our collection here suitable, Kerry is more than happy to take on individual, specialised, bespoke commissions. Please contact Kerry on 01756 461682, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org, to discuss your next affordable canvas painting.
A recent commission drying in the studio!
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