Kerry Darlington is a Welsh artist, born 1974 in Rhyl, North Wales. She was heavily inspired by magical fairy tale picture books and stories during her childhood, and had a particular love for Arthur Rackham's intricate pen and ink work. This influenced her to take a degree in Illustration, with intentions of becoming a children's book Illustrator. Following this she discovered ‘Art Nouveau’ and the Pre-Raphaelite artists. She found this work so hauntingly beautiful that it absorbed her and it still has a profound effect on her own art.
For the last few years Kerry has built a reputation for her original, decorative designs, which became hugely popular, focusing primarily on trees and nature. More recently she has created a series of book illustrations including Peter Pan and The Magic Faraway Tree as Unique Editions.
Kerry’s Unique Editions, whilst in essence they are prints, each one is some way unique. She creates small 3D additions, which are hand-worked individually and adhered to the print. The background is also hand embellished, and all the work has resin hand-applied, making each print look like an original painting. On her original pieces, Kerry works with texture, acrylics and resin. She works in layers to build up depth and create more light. She uses resin as a medium rather than a varnish on the original paintings.
Kerry was awarded ‘Best-Selling Published Artist 2012’ by the Fine Art Trade Guild.
Meet the Artist on Saturday 6th April 2013 at an exhibition of her latest Unique Ediions. Kerry will be here at Evergreen Art Cafe from 11am until 3pm.