Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

September 18, 2013

Town council recognizes local artist

Devan Strebing
Hendricks County Flyer

— DANVILLE — The town council here crecognized local artist Kerry Trout for the new mural she created.

She has been working on the mural since the second week of June when the council asked her to create it.

“They have wanted a mural here for quite some time, and they asked me to do it,” Trout said. “I’m very excited and very proud of it.”

Trout said she worked on the canvas for 260 hours at her home studio.

“It was big and time consuming, but I wanted to create it at my home,” she said.

The mural is filled with Danville landmarks, places she remembers and knows.

“My roots are from this town, my ancestors lived here and I consider Danville my hometown,” she said.

Trout has another mural in the Hendricks County Courthouse rotunda that she created 10 years ago.

She is a self-taught artist, who by the age of 15 was already selling her artwork to a gift shop and at 16 brought home a “best of show” trophy for a local Chamber of Commerce art show.

After college she went into the publications field and designed advertising and logos. She painted portraits of adults, children and dogs as a side job.

She was then commissioned by the Charlotte Motor Speedway to do portraits of NASCAR drivers including Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.

She then switched to painting in acrylics and watercolors, specializing in covered bridges and barn landscapes. She won numerous awards for these at both the local and state level.

Trout began painting on furniture in 1997, and was asked to write a book when the editors at North Light Books saw her furniture. She has written five since then.

She has produced several children’s works for Scholastic Books and also co-authored books and written magazine articles for the painting world.

In 2003 she was one of two artists from Indiana chosen to paint ornaments to hang on the White House Christmas tree. First Lady Laura Bush personally invited her to a reception to honor the ornament artists.

Trout lives in Danville where she works out of her home studio. She creates wall murals on canvas, paints unique furniture. and teaches painting classes. She is also co-owner of Diggity, a gourmet hot dog eatery and caterer on the square in Danville.