Kerry Milligan graduated from the University of Alberta with a BFA degree, Visual Communications Design and Bachelor of Arts degree (Sociology/Political Science).
Kerry has exhibited her work nationally and is collected internationally. Her floral and abstract paintings were selected by the Ottawa Galerie Annexe for their 2019-2023 collections. Her paintings were chosen for several juried exhibitions at the Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, located in Vancouver and at the Quest Art Gallery in Midland, Ontario. Kerry's landscape paintings were selected for the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair exhibition celebrating 60 years of TOAF's past, present and future. Her paintings were also included in a group exhibition called "Colorscapes" at the St. Albert Profiles Public Gallery, Alberta.
I enjoy using a variety of mediums and sometimes alternating between abstract, landscape and floral. Each medium gives me the opportunity to experiment with colour, light and form.
My landscape paintings are colourful compositions created intuitively by using bands of colours, curvy lines and organic forms dissolving into one another. Inspired by landforms of the southwestern terrain, open countryside farming fields, and the rolling hills in mountain range valleys. My goal is to create both calming and intriguing compositions that awakens a memory of a place visited, imagined, or envisioned in a dream. They range from an abstract layout to a more detailed scenery, and recently the exploration of the northern lights.
My abstract paintings are intuitive, lyrical, expressive compositions - I call them my energy series. Abstract expressionism allows me to explore various ways of expressing my connection with the natural world. Each painting is a step into the unknown as I work to express nature’s energy between the chaotic and the peaceful. My goal is to create enticing compositions through spontaneous colour choices and intuitive application of paint to create an emotional connection with the viewer. I also use this creative process to depict not only the beauty of a scenery, but also the unforeseen or unpredictability of nature. I’m inspired by its infinite arrangement of color, line and shapes found in gardens, the ocean and astronomical imagery.
When I'm not painting, I'm experimenting with photography, creating surreal digital collages and vintage comic book collage paintings.