Kerin Fine Arts

Kerin McBride  





About the Artist

My primary interest is in exploring the use of color and how different combinations can create mood and drama.  While I have a diverse body of work,  I tend to focus on landscapes as a subject because I'm challenged to take them from a picturesque scene to something that feels alive and expressive.   I work with non-naturalistic colors and semi-abstracted shapes in my translation of these landscapes, which enables me to convey different senses, such as whimsy, mystery, community and solitude.   Using this method, my hope is to push the viewer to look at the world around them in new ways.

My ultimate goal is to give the viewer a "lift" or "energy boost" - basically make them feel good and enjoy the piece.  What I hear the most from my customers is that my work "makes them smile" or "makes them feel happy."  When I can achieve this response from people, my philosophy of trying to leave a good mark on the world (for the short time that I'm here) is closer to being realized.  After all, life is hard enough - why not surround yourself with something that is positive and uplifting?  I hope to never quit learning and evolving, so please check back periodically to see my new work.



Master of Interdisciplinary Studies in Interdisciplinary Arts - Painting and Sculpture
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia.
2003 Bachelor of Arts - Fine Arts Major - Painting Emphasis
Mary Baldwin College
Staunton, Virginia
1999 Certificate in Painting and Drawing
Corcoran School of Art
Washington, D.C.


Associate of Science in Business Administration
Northern Virginia Community College 
Annandale, Virginia 
IT Certifications:
- CompTia A+
-CompTia Net+ 

2013 Netcom Web Development




2003- Present Over 150 Juried Fine Art Festivals
2008 - Present Continuous Exhibition.  Workhouse Arts Center.  Lorton, Virginia.
2014 Solo Exhibition.  January 11 - March 1.  McGuireWoods Gallery, Lorton, VA.
2013 Group Exhibit.  McGuire Woods Gallery.  Lorton, Virginia.
2013 Collector's Showcase.  McGuire Woods Gallery.  Lorton, Virginia.
2012 Commerce I, Group Exhibition.  McGuireWoods Gallery.  Lorton, Virginia.
2012 Collector's Showcase.  McGuireWoods Gallery.  Lorton, Virginia.
2011 The Conversation of Art.   Artspace Herndon.  Herndon, Virginia.
2011 Collector's Showcase.  McGuireWoods Gallery.  Lorton, Virginia.
2010 Colorful MusingsMaster of Interdisciplinary Studies in Interdisciplinary Arts.
  Thesis Exhibition, Virginia CommonwealthUniversity, Richmond, Virginia.
  Workhouse Arts Center, Building #10 Gallery, Lorton, Virginia.
2010 Collector's Showcase.  McGuireWoods Gallery.  Lorton, Virginia.
2010 Workhouse Arts Center, Featured Artist.  Workhouse Arts Center,
  Building #10 Gallery.  Lorton, Virginia.
2010  Group Show.  Jo Ann Rose Gallery.  Reston, Virginia.
2010 Reston Chamber of Commerce.  Reston, Virginia.
2009 Instructor/Student Exhibit.  Workhouse Arts Center.  Lorton, Virginia.
2009  Small Works Exhibit.  Workhouse Arts Center.  Lorton, Virginia.
2009 Collector's Showcase.  McGuireWoods Gallery.  Lorton, Virginia.
2008   Artomatic 2008.  Washington, D.C.
2008  Traveling Exhibition.  University of Phoenix, Reston, Virginia.
2008 Annual Gala.  National Network for Children and Families.  Bethesda, Maryland.
2008 Subjective Realities.  Agora Gallery, Chelsea, New York.
2007 Group Exhibition.  Amdur Gallery, Glenview, Illinois.
2006 The Substance of Color.  Agora Gallery, Chelsea, New York.
2004 Annual Gala.  Washington Performing Arts Society.  Washington, D.C.
2002  Student Exhibition.  Hunt Hall Art Gallery, Mary Baldwin College,
  Staunton, Virginia.


Art Related Work Experience:

2011 Artist in Residence, The Kellar School, Fairfax, Virginia.
2010 Artist in Residence, South County Middle School, Fairfax County
Public Schools, Lorton, Virginia.
2009 - 2010 Judge, Legue of Reston Artists - "Travel" Exhibit, University of Phoenix, Reston, Virginia
2009 Instructor, Instructional Video, Jerry's Artarama, Raleigh, North Carolina.
2009 Artist in Residence, Featherstone Elementary School, Prince William County Public Schools, Woodbridge, Virginia.
2009 - Present Workshop Instructor, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, Virginia.
2008 - Present Juried Studio Member, icluding demonstrations.
2008 - Present  VIA (Very Important Artist) Program, Jerry's Artarama, Raleigh, North Carolina. 
2009 - 2011 Gallery Hanging Representative, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, Virginia.
2008 - 2009 Special Events Representatiave, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, Virginia.
2003 - Present  Owner, Kerin Fine Arts, McLean, Virginia.  Includes operating small business and participation in over 150 national juried fine arts festivals.




2013 "Best of Show" - Collector's Showcase.  McGuireWoods Gallery, Lorton, VA. Curator:  Dr. Joann Moser, Deputy Chief Curator of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
2012 Calendar Competition Finalist.   2012 Collector's Showcase.  McGuireWoods Gallery.  Lorton, VA.
2009 MAD Artist Award (Merger of Art and Design).  Association of Interior Design Professionals (AIDP).  Lorton, Virginia.
2008 Merit Award - Port Clinton Art Festival.  Amdur Productions.  Highland Park, Illinois.
2007 Poster Contest Winner - Buffalo Grove Art Festival.  Amdur Productions.  Buffalo Grove, Illinois.
2002 Prizewinner for Student Exhibition.  Student Fine Arts Association.  Mary Baldwin  College.  Staunton, Virginia.



Cedar-Southworth, Donna.  "Call It Charisma." Elan Magazine, September, 2011, Volume 11,
             Number 12.
McBride, Kerin.  Acrylic Painting: Stunning Abstract Landscapes. DVD. Directed by Michael 
             Goldstein 2009.  Raleigh, North Carolina: Burning Oak Studios, 2009.
McBride, Kerin. "Fantasy."  In American Art Collector - Juried Compilation of New York, edited by
             Tom Palmer, 137.  Berkeley, California:  Alcove Books, 2009, Jurors:  Howard Eige, Jan
             Christensen Heller.
McBride, Kerin.  In 2009 Art Annual:  Amdur Productions, edited by Hennessy Design Group, 28 and
             76.  Highland Park, Illinois:  Amdur Productions, Inc., 2009.
Rader, Jane.  "Meet Kerin McBride of McLean."  Java Town, February, 2009, Volume 5, Number 6.
McBride, Kerin.  In 2008 Art Annual:  Amdur Productions, edited by Mike Pfeifer, 28 and 76. 
              Highland Park, Illinois:  Amdur Productions, Inc., 2008.
McBride, Kerin.  In 2007 Art Annual:  Amdur Productions, edited by Mike Pfeifer, 75.  Highland Park,
              Illinois:  Amdur Productions, Inc., 2007.
McBride, Kerin.  In Washington Project for the Arts Artist Directory, directed by Kim Ward, 313.  
              Washington, D.C.:  Washington Project for the Arts, 2008. 
Speer, Camela.  "Get to Know the Workhouse Studio Artists."  Workhouse Insider, July 2009, 
              Volume IV, Issue 3, p. 12.
Swift, Matthew.  "Something Uplifting:  McLean Artist Prepares for New York Show." 
             The McLean Connection Newspapers (April 17, 2008). (accessed March 14, 2010).


   Volunteer Activities:

DCS Elementary School, Oakton, VA - Substitute Art Teacher grades K-6 (2004)
Featherstone Elementary School, Prince William County Public Schools - Artist in Residency - 
          included teaching 57 5th graders oil and acrylic painting, field trips to art center and hanging
          of  exhibit in gallery.  (January - April 2009)
 DCS Elementary School, Oakton, VA - Lunch/Recess Duty - Approx. 650 hours (2000 - 2007)
 DCS Elementary School, Oakton, VA - Medieval Festival - Constructed and painted castle set
           design. (2004)
 Lopez Studios, Reston, VA - Extensive Mural for music and art center (Jan - May, 2003)
 American Red Cross - Dewitt Army Hospital, Ft. Belvoir, VA - 40 hours (1979)


 Capital Speakers Club of Washington, D.C.  
 Alpha Sigma Lambda Honors Society
 Art League, Alexandria, VA
 Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE)
 Lorton Arts Foundation
 Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, D.C.
 League of Reston Artists


Current Representation:

Studio Space:

Workhouse Arts Center
Building W-10, Studio 1008
9601 Ox Road 22071
Lorton, VA


Past Representation:

Amdur Gallery
2071 Tower Drive
Glenview, IL 60026

Agora Gallery
530 West 25th Street
Chelsea, New York 10001