Real Silhouette Portraits
Not Caricature - Not Formula
A cut-paper silhouette is an original work of art
with all the elegance, grace, and romance of a by-gone
With 40 years' experience, Kerry Cook is among a dwindling few artists to still
continue the unbroken tradition of real silhouette likenesses. This tradition extends
back through an early 20th century 'Golden Age,' on through the Victorian era,
all the way to the Renaissance.
Most people now calling themselves silhouette artists actually do a 'caricature-style'
cut, using a formula developed for theme parks. But portraits are not formula.
A silhouette has only one line to tell a story, so every millimeter of that line should
'speak.' By omitting surface distractions, a good silhouette evokes essence. A real
silhouette likeness can trigger a special kind of Aha! response - a sudden, intense
experience of recognition not found in photographs or other kinds of art.
Known for her excellent likenesses and careful attention to detail, Kerry cuts
paper in the traditional way: Freehand. No drawing, tracing, or projecting. Using
only a pair of scissors she can create a charming, heirloom-quality portrait
in just minutes. While you watch!
Silhouettes by Kerry Cook are a True North-West Tradition
Available for Schools, Fundraisers, Parties
and in select Children's Stores and Boutiques
As Seen on King 5 Evening Magazine