K e r r i n   P a r k i n s o n

Painter, Illustrator, Art Educator

1995 BFA in Art Education, The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth

2002 MFA in Illustration, The Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA, MFA Valedictorian


1995 -present  Freelance Illustrator and Fine Artist, clients include Lawson's Finest Liquids, Henry and Fran Brewing Company, High Fives Foundation, Environomics Co., South Portland Public Schools, Sonic Explorers, Nada Brama Records, Eco Maine and many private collectors 

2012-present   Painting and Drawing Instructor, Maine College of Art Continuing Studies, Pre-College and Youth Programs, classes taught: Beginner Painting, Quick Studies: Drawing and Painting, Painting the True You, Basic Drawing, Portfolio Drawing, Painting Exploration, Painting Portland Plein Air, Painting Wildflowers: Plein Air workshop collaboration with Maine Botanical Gardens, Learning to Love to Draw Intensive, Observational Drawing and Narrative Painting 

1995-1999 High School Art Teacher and Art Director, taught and developed curriculum for Art Foundations, Painting, Drawing, Ceramics, Illustration and Portfolio Development


Recent and Current Gallery Shows

2019 Solo Show: Autonomy at The Francis Hotel, Portland, ME

2018 Painting Westbrook: Plein Air Show, Westbrook ME

2018 Ocean House Gallery, Holiday Show, Cape Elizabeth, ME

2018 Yarmouth Art Festival, Yarmouth, ME

2017 2 Person Show with Patricia Ritzo at Lifeworks, Falmouth, ME

2017  Ocean House Gallery, Holiday Show, Cape Elizabeth, ME 

2017  October: Yarmouth Arts Festival, Yarmouth ME  

2017 Continuum for Creativity, Plein Air Exhibition, Westbrook, ME

2017 MECA Continuing Studies, Create VI, Portland, ME

2017 Kathryn Townsend Gallery, Recent Days, Solo Show, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

2017 Ocean and D, ongoing works in the shop, South Portland, Maine

2016 Ocean House Gallery, Holiday Show and ongoing small works in the gallery, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

2016 River Arts Gallery, Small Works Show, Damariscotta, Maine

2016 Utility Box Project, Maine Arts Commission, Congress Square, Portland, Maine

2016 Yarmouth Arts Festival, Yarmouth, Maine

2016 Continuum for Creativity, Plein Air Exhibition, Westbrook, Maine

2016 Norway Arts Festival, Exhibition and Plein Air Demonstrator

2016 MECA Continuing Studies Exhibition, Create V, Portland, Maine

2016 Art in the Park, Exhibitor, South Portland, Maine

2016 University of Maine, Group Exhibitionwith the  Plein Air Painters of Maine, Presque Isle, Maine

2015 Space Gallery, Free for All Exhibit, Portland, Maine

2015 Ocean House Gallery and Frame, Holiday Show and ongoing small works in the gallery, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

2015 Boothbay Regional Art Foundation's "Art in Maine" Exhibition, Boothbay Harbor, Maine

2015 University of New England and Greater Portland Landmark's Plein Air Demonstration and Auction, Portland, Maine

2015 Art in the Park, Exhibitor, South Portland, Maine









Kerrin Parkinson is an artist and illustrator living in South Portland, Maine. She loves spending time outside with her kids scoping out painting locations to create energetic sea and landscapes. Kerrin is an adventurous artist who loves working in many styles and formats, encorporating multiple techniques and approaches. 

Mother Nature and specifically the ocean are often the subject of Kerrin’s artwork. She is awestruck by it’s beauty, strength and vulnerability.  She feels empowered to share her appreciation for the esthetics and healing powers found in nature. 

Kerrin creates plein air and studio paintings with oils and acrylics in various scales. She frequently layers using impasto with both palette knife and brushwork, always trying to capture fleeting moments of mood, color and light...   

Kerrin’s illustration work is mostly digital, commercial illustration.  She often creates her own hand drawn typefaces, assisting her clients in creating a completely unique brand.  Kerrin’s illustration work is characterized by bold contrasts and saturated colors.  Kerrin studies and experiments with design, typography and calligraphy and these artforms  support and influence her illustrations. 

Kerrin loves teaching and she teaches students of all ages within The Continuing Studies Program at Maine College of Art.    


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