Like so many others, from Louis B. Mayer to Arnold Schwartzenegger, I came
to L.A. from someplace else-- in my case, New York City. I studied
architecture at the University of Virginia, until the physics and engineering proved
daunting. After obtaining a B.A. in English and doing some post-grad work
in Communication Art & Design, I set a course in the field of advertising.
During a career that took me from Washington, D.C. to New York and Los
Angeles, at agencies including Ogilvy & Mather and McCann/Erickson, I created
print and T.V. campaigns for clients ranging from packaged goods to aerospace
and won a good number of awards including an Emmy.
Now, I'm proving myself over again. Though I've drawn and painted since I
could pick up a crayon, my new calling as a fine artist began just a few
years ago. I started by painting abstracts, but that was an artistic 'throat
clearing' and when I returned to representational art the city where I've
made my home for over twelve years became my muse.
It seems appropriate that one of the first LAndscapes (TM) I sold now resides
in the collection of a top film industry production designer. In January
2009 my paintings were shown in exhibition at LACMA. An art book proposal is
with a publisher, and I do have a website-- www.pkempson.com-- which, like
my house in the Hollywood Hills, is in need of updating.