Award-winning artist Kerima Swain draws inspiration from beauty around her and from within her heart and soul.
She creates in her studio and outdoors, and furthers her skills by self-study and workshops.
Exhibiting publicly since 2006, Kerima has continuously participated in juried exhibits and received numerous awards.
Kerima’s artwork can be viewed at several venues in the San Francisco East Bay area, including Valley Art Gallery
and Blackhawk Gallery, where she is also the director.
Having credentials as an art therapist and family therapist, Kerima also continues to work part time with older adults.
Kerima finds balancing her life as an artist, art therapist, and gallery director challenging and fulfilling.
Kerima lives with her family in Northern California.
I make art because I have to.
The strong pull of art creation has been with me all of my life.
Creative process fills me with a sense of awe and wonder.
What I create depends on my mood and what goes on around me.
Sometimes I draw inspiration from places I’ve visited or subjects that affect me.
Other times I allow creative energy to take me to surprising places.
I enjoy multiple formats and media, creating on location and in my studio.
My goal is to follow my heart and soul and keep on creating.