Beautiful Art, Beautiful Nature
Kelly is an Illustration Artist living in the beautiful Driftless region of SW Wisconsin. Dotted with limestone bluffs, river valleys, wooded hills, and farmland pastures, the beauty of the wildlife and landscapes in this region are showcased throughout her artwork.
Kelly grew up in a Michigan suburb outside of Detroit. She spent much of her childhood outside, playing under bushes, climbing trees, and exploring hidden fields and
forests. As a young adult she continued her pursuit of outdoors enjoyment through adventures, exploring remote natural locations. Like her love for the outdoors, creating art was something that she had always done and was a natural expression from an early age. Although Kelly had no formal training as a child, by the age of 10 she was drawing life-like animals and human portraits, painting landscapes in oils and watercolors, and hand-drawn lettering.
Kelly always knew that she wanted to pursue her artwork as a life-long endeavor. In 2002 she graduated from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with a BFA in Illus- tration. During her time in college she studied a term at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, which proved to be a personal life changing experience and deepened the way in which she approached her own artwork. After college, Kelly’s artistic career led her into graphic design, and since then she has worked for a variety of clients and employers in graphic design, photog- raphy, visual display, and video production. She also spent several years pursuing the artforms of printmaking and bookbinding.
All of her experiences have matured her as a person and an artist, ultimately bringing her full circle to the place where she started, a girl playing in the woods and drawing the beauty of nature around her.
My drawings are created using pencil and digital mediums, a duality of traditional and modern methods. I believe that drawing maintains timeless beauty with its classic tradition and sim- plicity. I enjoy working with graphite because it most effectively allows me to interpret a depth of detail or simple form and light. Painting the work digitally has many creative benefits as well as the benefit of making multiples of one design (in the form of a limited edition print), there- fore allowing more people the opportunity to own a unique piece of artwork.
The intention of my artwork is to showcase the beauty of nature in creation which surrounds me in the Upper Midwest. In this post modern day, it is my hope that my work invokes within the viewer a sense of timelessness and a re-visit to the simple act of appreciating art for the inherent beauty of the method and subject.