|As a portrait artist
my intention is to paint and create from my Inner Self, portraying
the highest qualities, capturing the essence of a person particularly
through the mystique of the eyes.
In 1980, Kerri completed her Private School Education in the "Land
Down Under", Australia, to begin an Apprenticeship with Australia's
In 1983, at 21, she began her freelance career in the Advertising
Industry, winning National and International Awards.
In 1992, while still residing in Australia, New York Art Buyers,
Hankins &Tegenborg LTD., began representing her as a figurative
portrait painter in the Book Publishing Industry.
David Letterman, right, displays a painting
of himself with Oprah Winfrey and Regis Philbin on the set of
'The Late Show, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2005, in New York. The portrait
was painted during Monday's Late Show by artist Kerri Gibbs.
Talk Show host Regis Philbin, left, is commenting on the size
of his portrait in the picture that is just under Letterman's
index finger. Kerri was only given a phenomenal 45 minutes to
complete the portrait. (Photo copyright © 2006, The Associated
In 1995, determined to "make it in the Big Apple", she
moved to New York City and was granted Permanent Residency in the
US for "Extraordinary Ability". Figurative painting being
her inspiration she simultaneously began establishing herself in
the field of Portraiture.
In 1998, after portrait painting for ten years and basically self
taught, Kerri began studying with leading portrait artist, James
Childs. Followed by renowned portrait painter Nelson Shanks, at
The Art Students League of New York.
In 1999, Leon Loard Commissioned Portraits of Birmingham, Alabama
began representing her. She also became a member of the "American
Society of Portrait Artists".
In 2001, Jeff Koons, leading Contemporary Pop artist, employed
her as his primary figurative oil painter for his large ( 9x6 ft
/ 8x11 ft ) representational work.
In 2003, Portraits South of Raleigh, North Carolina also began
Dedicated to her flourishing portraiture career, Kerri is busy pleasing
her clients with "alive" portrayals of loved ones.
In 2004 - Accepted by Portraits North (Francesca Anderson Fine Art)
in Massachusetts, Portrait Consultants in New York and Portrait
Brokers of America in Birmingham, Alabama.