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Christine Kerrick

Mixed Media

Christine Kerrick is an illustrator, forensic artist and writer from West Chester, Pennsylvania who earned her BFA in Illustration and Design at Philadelphia University of the Arts. Her influences include the drawings of DaVinci, Michelangelo and contemporaries Martha Erlebacher, Phyllis Purves-Smith, and Peter deSeve. Christine has shown her drawings and paintings across the U.S., and licenses her work globally through an agent. FBI Academy in 2004 was a natural path, where Christine learned forensic facial imaging: giving identity to unknown persons through composite drawing using cognitive interview, postmortem drawing, and facial reconstruction from skeletal remains. She has used forensic art to help law enforcement capture criminals and identify homicide victims in Florida, and now assists the Philadelphia's Medical Examiner in identifying the dead. Christine's artistic philosophy illustrates the innate value of every person through the beauty of creation, especially of the human face and form. She employs cast-off treasures like paper scraps, bits of jewelry, gemstones, typography, stamps, handwriting and other embellishments, with highly-rendered main subjects to make a new creation which emphasizes the hope of redemption and new life from discarded things. The result is a one-of-a-kind painting. There are many layers of detail, as with people, and stories which whisper through the surface. With the current violence against one's fellow man in our world, if I can show the value and treasured identity of human beings and what we were created to be, maybe I can encourage people to think about their neighbor differently, and with love.