Vera (Buddy) Kennedy

Vera was born in a small log house in Northern Alberta in the middle of a cold December night - delivered by a loving aunt. She grew up happily on their poor mixed farm in rural Alberta. It became evident that the entire family was blessed with a talent for sketching or music. Vera got the drawing gene. As soon as she could hold a pencil, she determinedly drew images of the people and places around her.

Circumstances decreed that Vera did not go to school past grade eight. She was married at a very young age and raised her family. She married a military man and lived in many communities across Canada. She continued to draw at every opportunity. Years later, she discovered paints, boards and the wonder of brushes and palette knife. She eventually joined the local Art Club in her small rural community and found both support and a mentor to assist in her development as a painter. She is often called upon to demonstrate her unique style of painting.

Vera's choice of subject usually involves children and an occasional fairy. Her paintings evoke the delightful feelings of childhood and the innocence of playing when everything is full of joy and adventure. Kennedy paints in the old style with acrylics and gel often using a palette knife to achieve her unique textured surfaces that create a sculpted look to all her paintings. She is often called upon to paint specific commissions.

One of Vera's paintings has been included in the Corporate Art Collection of the Don Wheaton YMCA building in downtown Edmonton, Alberta. It is installed in the entrance of the Family area of the YMCA - a fitting location for her painting of children playing in an Alberta Winter. Her paintings have been purchased by many corporations, hospitals, doctor and dental offices as well as the Family Justice Department. The paintings also adorn many private residences and been purchased by several of the Hospital Foundations in Alberta.

In October 2014, Kennedy was featured in a solo exhibition, a selection of 12 of her paintings, in the Creations Gallery at The Sawridge Hotel in Edmonton. In 2016, Vera's inspiring images were used for several observation windows at the newly built center for CASA - Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health, a major community-focused provider of mental health services for infants, children, adolescents and their families, located in Edmonton and serving central and northern Alberta. Vera's paintings adorn the reception and many of the hallways and waiting areas throughout the biulding. An exhibtuion of her paintings will also be available at CASA throughout 2016. A smaller selection is available at the gallery and can be seen on the Gallery Web Site: .

The artwork of Vera Kennedy is represented by Rowles & Company Ltd., Alberta's Corporate Gift & Art Gallery, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.


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