Kennedy began painting when she was twenty. She started with oils and traditional subject matter. Her first sales were oil paintings sold door to door by her young son. When Kennedy adopted her daughter she switched to watercolor so the baby would not be exposed to the toxins associated with oil paints. Kennedy’s watercolors were exhibited in galleries in California. She sold paintings, received commissions and won awards.
In 2001, Kennedy got sick and was unable to paint until 2009. “Once my health improved, I realized that the years when I was too ill to paint had made me even more passionate and determined in regard to my art.”
In 2013 Kennedy switched from traditional watercolor to abstract acrylic. “I fell in love with all that acrylic has to offer, especially the opportunity to experiment.” Kennedy uses clear acrylic medium to create layers of colors and textures that often corporate non-traditional materials such as beads, metal, glitter and text. “It took a leap of faith to begin adding things like glitter to my paintings. However, the results I’ve gotten have convinced me that the risk was worth the reward.”
In 2015, Kennedy’s beloved husband died. She dealt with her grief through painting and travel, including four trips to Mexico by herself. Her most challenging trip was a month spent traveling through Europe, again by herself. “Traveling alone in France and learning to drive in England and Scotland was stressful but I was rewarded with many inspirational moments that have translated into paintings.”
Kennedy’s paintings have been described as brave, creative, unique and mesmerizing. “I pour and manipulate acrylic mediums and pigments and I use mixed media for texture and to help convey the message. My goal is to conceptualize how non-verbal emotions triggered by ideas or experiences can be translated into a painting and to do so with honesty and originality.”
In 2018, Kennedy was accepted into the historic and prestigious Los Angeles Art Association. In 2019, one of her paintings was included in the book, Los Angeles Art Association Volume II, featuring “…the very best of emerging artists…” Two of Kennedy’s paintings will be in Volume III which celebrates the 95th anniversary of the Los Angeles Art Association. The book is scheduled for release in spring, 2020.
In addition to art, Kennedy enjoys travel, photography, reading and writing, good wine, good conversation and good food. In 2018 she left Los Angeles and returned to her roots in Montana. When she is not traveling, Kennedy divides her time between Montana and California.