Originally from the Land of Enchantment, Albuquerque, NM, Kelly was surrounded by the beauty of nature coupled with many cross-country adventures with her amazing parents, who led her down many creative paths. She caught the creative fever after picking up paint brushes for the first time in her early teens. A student in public school and private classes, she was able to experiment with many mediums. Oils became her clear favorite, a Blue Ribbon at the State Fair the pinnacle of success at the time. Moving on and away from Albuquerque, painting became a distant memory. Although painting isn’t all about canvas and paint brushes, creative projects were always part of her everyday.
Fast forward through life’s joys, trials, tribulations and everything in between, the desire to find a source of fulfillment expression and release became a primary focus. After spending countless hours roaming galleries looking for art to fill her home, she soaked up inspiration and the paint brushes were quickly back in her hands.
Influences — Martha Bacon—art instructor, The Impressionists, Expressionists, Georgia O Keefe, and local artists JD Miller and Lea Fisher. Nature is always an influence—the universe has its own special techniques for creating the most beautiful pieces of art.
Education — Public School and Private Courses over the last 30+ years. Fashion Merchandising degree with arts emphasis at Baker University and recently at The Artist Within in Plano with Dawn Petty. Private instruction with JD Miller, Samuel Lynne Galleries Dallas, Maciej Maga, Studio Maga Dallas.
Experience — Exhibited at NM State Fair, Blue Ribbon winner in medium. Ginger Fox Gallery-Dallas, Ten 20 Gallery-Plano, PAA Member Show Peoples Choice Winner (2018), Regional Shows in Richardson and Irving, installations in corporate and retail settings, and private residences. Solo Show October 5 - December 1, 2018 aat the ArtCentre of Plano.
Artistic Philosophy — Express the mind’s eye point of view. Let the paint, brush and palette knife clear the mind and do the communicating for you. Never be afraid of color, a little or a lot. Art is everywhere—it’s all in how your mind’s eye sees it, plays with it, expresses it and reflects the soul.
Techniques — Combination of oils and acrylic with a variety of mediums and application tools to create dimensional texture and movement on the canvas.
Accomplish with art — Express emotions and memories through color, texture, and movement. Observe, remember, share, discuss and reflect to be inspired.
Exhibition of Work
2018 Solo Show "Life In Color" ArtCentre of Plano - Plano, TX
2018 Plano Art Association Annual 125 Show - Richardson, TX
2018 52nd Richardson Civic Art Society Juried Art Exhibition and Sale
2018 33rd Texas and Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition—Irving TX
2018 Connect Gallery Carrollton, TX
2018 Blue House Too—VALA Florescence Show—Allen, TX
2018 Plano Art Association Member Show— Plano, TX
Blue Vision Peoples Choice Award Winner
2017 Blue House Too—VALA Increscent Show—Allen, TX
2016-2017 Ten20 Gallery Plano, TX
2016-2018 Jonathan Dean, Dallas, TX
2015 -2016 Ginger Fox Gallery Dallas, TX
2015 Bishop Ranch Dallas TX
2014 Dwell on Davis Dallas, TX
2014 Connect Technology Group, Carrollton, TX Controlled Kaos Diptych—Acrylic on Canvas
2014 Ken Valencia—Retail lounge, Dallas, TX Don’t Fence Moo In Acrylic on Canvas
2014 Cody Ellison—Retail lounge, Dallas, TX Zen Lines Acrylic on Canvas
2015 Toni Richardson, Dallas, TX Pinky Acrylic on Canvas - inspired by Pink Floyd
2015 Santa Fe Chevrolet, Santa Fe, NM Comptroller Office Adventure Road Oil on Canvas
2015 Jack Peggs, Collector Wichita, KS Metallica Acrylic on Canvas
2016 Cody Ellison, Collector Dallas, TX Opposites Attract Oil on 3D Oil on Canvas
2016 Refuge for Women North Texas Denton Set Free 3D Oil on Canvas
2016 Federation of Texas A&M University Mothers’ Club Aggie Storm, Acrylic on Canvas
2016 Mr. and Mrs. C. Chandler Allen, TX Pedal to the Metal Acrylic on Canvas
2016 Bishop Ranch, Dallas, TX Fly Me to the Moo, Acrylic on Canvas
2016 Stronger Than Espresso, McKinney, TX Desert Bloom, 3D Oil on Canvas
2016 Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Shepardson, Huntley, IL Cubs Win!!!, 3D Oil on Canvas
2017 Margaret Kepler, Albuquerque, NM Color Me Margaret, 3D Oil on Canvas
2017 Private Collector, Plano , TX Purple Borealis, 3D Oil on Canvas
2017 Mr. and Mrs. Derek Stutsman, Los Gatos, CA Power of Attraction, Acrylic on Canvas
2017 Private Collector, Carrollton, TX Rocky Mountain High, 3D Oil on Canvas
Plano Profile—Around Town, Art February 22, 2016
Plano Magazine—February 22, 2016
Plano Profile—Around Town, Art February 29, 2016
Plano Profile—Art, Downtown Plano, April 18, 2016
Stronger Than Espresso—Gala Invitation
Plano Profile—Society, Art, March 2017
DADA—Increscent: A VALA Collective
Art and Seek—Florescence Collective
Irving Art Association—33rd Texas and Neighbors
Richardson Civic Art Association—52nd Regional Show
Bachelor of Arts—Baker University Baldwin City, KS
Private Study—Albuquerque NM Martha Bacon
Private Study—Plano, TX Dawn Petty
Private Study—Dallas, TX JD Miller
Private Study—Dallas, TX Maciej Maga
Art Centre of Plano
Plano Art Association
Visual Art League of Allen—Allen Art Alliance
Baker University Alumni Association
Alpha Chi Omega Alumnae