Kent started exhibiting his pen and ink works while maintaining a teaching career. This is a very exacting art form that requires a certain amount of precision as to how to meld the sheet of white space with black ink. Kent's works were originally inspired by the rich scenery found throughout the Muskoka Region, Algonquin, as well as the near North. Although landscape is a recurring theme in his work, his interest extends to wildlife subjects, birds, as well as disappearing heritage, such as historic steamboats, steam locomotives, covered bridges and churches.
Using pen and ink almost exclusively he achieves a stark realism in his northern winter landscapes using the technique of pointillism to a great degree. The ink medium brings a special mystique to winter scenes, a feeling of “being there”! These elegant impressions depend upon an interpretation of white space and shape as well as the black image.
Kent is constantly trying to use and extend the creative impact of inks on the white sheet, trying to work to the next level. Coloured inks are sometimes added minimally to add a pop of color to a creative piece such as a Red Headed Woodpecker or Red Winged Blackbird.
Since 1987 Kent has exhibited in countless shows and galleries, his work finding homes in Ontario, the United States, and also in Europe. After a few years away from the shows and galleries, he is again looking for new subjects and scenes of interest.
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