From West Coast to West Coast
Kerstin McKee was born in 1964 and raised in a small country village outside the town of Varberg on the west coast of Sweden. It is a beautiful place, where the plains next to the rugged coastline meet the inlands towering hills with their deep forests. A family of eight would certainly have kept both parents busy enough, but still her father could convey to her some of his life-long passion for the beauty of antiques and her mother instilled into her a love of handicraft and folklore, and also strongly encouraged Kerstin McKee in her early painting and drawing. When this influence of her parents joined Kerstin's fascination for nature, an artist emerged.
Art is an important part of Swedish education and mandatory for all children during their first nine years of elementary school. Kerstin was fortunate to have teachers that understood her passion for the visual arts and encouraged her to develop her talent.
Some years later Kerstin met her spouse to be. Following their wedding, she travelled to the US in 1989 and they took up residence on a west coast new to her, that of the state of Washington. Later on she was accepted as a full-time student at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Her double major in 1995 was in printmaking and painting.
Today Kerstin McKee works as a painter and ceramist living a life of dual residence, in Seattle and in Varberg. She often talks of the resulting double influx of ideas and impulses, as nature and people of two west coasts inspire her in her work.
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