I am an artist and illustrator living in Milwaukee. My work is mainly figurative, often includes portraiture, botanical shapes and subjects, and is inspired by the human figure, the female form, contrasting plays of light and shadow and organic botanical imagery. Working on canvas, wood and paper, my paintings and illustrations are created by various combinations of graphite, ink, watercolor, colored pencil and acrylic. Each piece incorporates a variety of mediums and techniques utilizing vibrant colors, flowing line work and sometimes collage and cut paper to create movement, contrast and emotion. The themes and subjects of my pieces are often inspired by human experiences, motherhood, yoga, poetry and literature, and sociopolitical issues. I always strive to push the boundaries of my creativity and to continue growing as an artist.
I studied drawing, painting and literature at UW Milwaukee, MATC Madison and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, earning my BA from Minnesota in 2000 with a major in English Literature and a minor in Art. I have shown my work in Orlando, Florida and have participated in many shows throughout Milwaukee since I moved here from Florida in 2010. This includes solo and group shows, city wide gallery night events and I was a founding member of the From Here to Her artist collective for three years. In the spring of 2014 I was commissioned by Alverno College to create a portrait of an Alverno Alumna for their renowned regional billboard campaign. And in the fall of 2016 I was selected to participate in the exhibit Forward 2016: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now, an exhibion highlighting contemporary work from artists all over the state. I am currently an Artist in Resident at RedLine Milwaukee.
My most recent body of work is Femme Floral on Wood. This illustrative series showcases female figures adorned with floral imagery in vibrant color and subtle line work on wood panels, exploring a unique, evocative mood for each piece.
© 2017 Kerri Root