Born in rural Kentucky in the early 1980s, Anne F. Kiernan began her career as an artist inspired by the colors and images that surrounded her on her family’s farm. Some of her earliest memories are marked by the bucket of crayons that accompanied her on the grand adventures of childhood. Shaped by the abundant creativity of play, an encouraging family, and teachers who sought out opportunities to share what they had, Kiernan went on to obtain a B.A. in Fine Arts at Campbellsville University, focusing primarily in photography. In the years following, she worked both as a wedding and portrait photographer, while also creating mixed media art exhibited in art festivals and local shows, including the Lowertown Art Festival and Francisco's Farm Art Festival. She was also invited as a speaker for creative conference workshops at her alma mater, speaking on creativity in faith communities.
After moving to Nashville, Tennessee, in 2007, she continued to speak and exhibit occasionally, but has only recently returned to painting. Working with acrylic on canvas and watercolor on paper, Kiernan is currently developing a body of nonrepresentational explorations of light, space, color, and movement. Trademark to her pieces are bright, vibrant colors chosen to inspire. Paired with each visual representation are short writings designed to capture pieces of her story, offering the viewer a deeper experience of the work she creates.
For Kiernan, her work isn’t just about the art itself. It’s about the brave act of creativity. She wants to embrace childlike play in her work, while simultaneously capturing the wisdom, peace, and stillness of who she is. Her bold acts of creativity invite those who encounter her work to discover and explore the inherent creativity within themselves. Will you join her in this pursuit of life-giving, courageous, wholehearted creativity?