Kirkpatrick's art exhibit at the City Museum opened Friday

    Cory Woodall, Curator of Exhibits and Collections (left) and Kerry Kirkpatrick (right) talk about Capturing The Light. (Photo credit to Jasz Garrett/KINY)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Kerry Kirkpatrick's 'Capturing The Light' art exhibit opened on November's First Friday.

    Kirkpatrick is the featured solo artist from November 4th to November 26th.

    The exhibit is available for viewing anytime the Juneau-Douglas City Museum is open; Tuesday through Saturday, 10-4.

    On Saturday afternoon, Cory Woodall, Curator of Exhibits and Collections, and Kirkpatrick held an artist Q&A at the museum.

    Kirkpatrick talked about her art.

    "For me living in southeast Alaska, we have pretty dynamic weather and lighting. You know, our seasons are so different from each other, and they each present very different light on what we see. And that's transitory in itself. You might see a sunset for a moment, that little patch of blue sky for a moment. So, capturing the light is capturing those moments that just grab our attention and we want to see more of it."

    Kirkpatrick was asked if she chooses to paint abstract or realism based on emotions.

    "That's another part of the voice when you think about what is it about that scene that stands out to me. What do I want to convey to people? And that is always tied to some emotion and awe over the lighting or a quiet. I think you can further define that by how you put the paint down and the colors that you use."

    Kirkpatrick said she would like to continue her direction toward more abstract paintings.

    "Continue moving more towards that abstraction. And, you know, I was talking about how my work has moved away from the literal to the abstract. I don't think that I'm someone who wants to go all the way to the ends of abstraction, but there are a lot of places in between there. And for me, it's finding, well, where is my voice in there? Where's the place that I feel like I can express myself the best?"

    Above: A photo of a path (bottom) and then the painting of the abstracted path (above) titled 'Path 2' after a lengthy process of breaking down the photo. Below: The process of abstracting the photo.

    Kirkpatrick talked about her other painting methods.

    "I loved watercolor, the lightness of it, the transparency, but there were things that I wanted to do with oil that I couldn't do with a watercolor because it is transparent. You can keep layering it but you're still going to see through it. And you'll see in a couple of paintings with the underpaintings that was bright red. But in the final painting, you just see little glimpses of that. So you can really cover up but still, allow that underpainting to give something more energy, more vibrancy, but it's not going to overpower the painting."

    Kirkpatrick uses watercolor, acrylic, and oil paint.

    Kirkpatrick said that underpainting and layering colors are self-taught techniques.

    Above: Kirkpatrick's oil painting titled 'Ripple', which started off as a bright red canvas to capture soft red highlights in her final piece. Below: Kirkpatrick's oil painting titled 'Admiralty'.

    Kirkpatrick talked about bringing energy into her paintings, such as in 'Admiralty'.

    "I call it Admiralty because it's looking at the Admiralty shore. But that particular painting is one that I see all over the place, that low light. But, you know, like this time of year we get that low light that just stretches all the way across the landscape and it can be very vibrant, almost more vibrant than maybe in the summer because it's playing against the darkness. And to me that had a lot of energy. So putting it down with a palette knife, I can do it in a few swipes and capture what I think is the energy of that light or the reflection in the water."

    Kirkpatrick has painted in other places, but she said painting in southeast Alaska has been most influential.

    "I grew up early in southern California and the light there is pretty consistent. You know, the weather doesn't change much. It's blue sky. There's a bit of smog or haze in the air. So that softens the light. And we don't have that up here. You know, I don't think we ever have that up here even when we have two weeks of blue sky. That's sharp light to me. That's bright and clear and crisp. And you know, those are very special days, obviously, but more likely we're going to get those cloudy, sun breaking through the clouds, low light. So yeah, I think we are unique in southeast Alaska."

    Find Kirkpatrick's art online at or on Instagram

    Below: Kirkpatrick's 'Point Louisa', acrylic on canvas.

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