Much of Laurie Kersey’s work focuses on her life-long love, horses. After riding for many years, an injury ended that activity and the direction of her work turned to equine-themed subjects as a means of maintaining that relationship and keeping them in her life. Her work has, for many years, included the dramatic coastline and quiet countryside of California, as well as elegant florals.
After an early education at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and a 15 year career in commercial art as an Art Director and Illustrator on the East Coast, she relocated to San Francisco and studied painting at the Academy of Art University. She later taught painting and drawing at the Academy.
She has been honored with awards in the American Women Artists National Juried Exhibition, OPA National Juried Exhibition, Greenhouse Gallery Salon International, Carmel Art Festival, Hudson Valley Art Association National Juried Exhibition, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Plein Air Painting Festival, San Luis Obispo Plein Air Painting Festival, and Torrey Pines Plein Air Invitational. She has been featured in Art of the West Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, American Artist Magazine, USEF's Equestrian Magazine, Horses in Art Magazine, and has been a first place winner in the Artist’s Magazine’s annual competition.
Kersey is a Signature Member of the California Art Club, Oil Painters of America, and American Women Artists, an Artist Member of the American Impressionist Society and the American Academy of Equine Art, and is represented by Jones & Terwilliger Galleries in Carmel and Palm Desert, CA, and K Nathan Gallery in La Jolla, CA.
American Impressionists Society, Oil Painters of America, California Art Club: Signature Artists, American Women Artists