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Mary Anne Anne McKernie

Mill Valley, CA

A Mill Valley resident since 1981, I am inspired by both the natural and built environments of the Bay Area. I enjoy noticing how light hits an object or is obscured by it, the exact hue and value of a color, and translating that into a mark on the canvas. The palettes I choose can be traced to years of interior design and color consulting when I observed that many paints looked dull and lifeless no matter what the hue. Investigating why so few colors seemed rich and complex as if they glowed from within, I learned that these comprised the full spectrum of colors. To achieve this richness and luminosity, I mix full-spectrum hues or I layer one transparent color over another in glazes so that multiple colors are visible at once. I often employ a neutral palette of grays, a color that contains the full spectrum, and I use intense color sparingly. As a self-taught artist, I have painted for a decade in acrylics. I learn primarily by studying respected artists’ work, reading about art and its creation, and experimenting with how to represent a variety of subjects. My studio is right off the living room of my home, ready when inspiration strikes, where a bank of greenhouse windows provides natural light and offers an expansive view of the ever-changing colors of the wetlands at the edge of Richardson Bay.

My desire to translate the visual natural and built environments into a feeling for the viewer inspires me to create art. I enjoy the effects of light, and I have a longtime interest in color, with a background in color consulting and interior design. I paint using full-spectrum hues which are rich and complex, and I typically use a fairly neutral palette.

I find inspiration in the unadorned utility of buildings that have not been refurbished in ways that merely sanitize. My URBAN series illuminates the beauty I see in the grittiness of unpainted concrete, exposed pipes and peeling paint. It documents the honesty of industrial structures and furnishings whose use of materials recalls a simpler time.

I paint using acrylics and employ a palette knife in much of my work.

Renewal's Child

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Bird at Ocean Beach

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Mountain Thaw

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Veiled Forest

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Two Trees

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Ring Mountain

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Tranquil Lake

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Persimmon

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Olive Groves

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Toward the Coast

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Desert Tracks

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Breaking Wave

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Alfalfa Dreams

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Beside the River

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St. Barth's

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Industrial Waterfront

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Morning Reading

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Reclamation

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Preparation

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Devil's Thumb

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Foggy Marsh: Nightfall

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Foggy Marsh: Dusk

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Foggy Marsh: Overcast

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Foggy Marsh: Morning

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Telegraph Hill

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White Light

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Valencia Midnight

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Departure

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Beyond the Bend

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Foggy Marsh: Late Afternoon

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Eight Eighteen

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Early Harvest

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