Kelly’s artist journey started at an early age when she began experimenting with markers, scissors, paints, paper, and glue. A love of color, texture, and the visual richness of life have all contributed to her lifelong pursuit of creating art. Acrylic paints, gels, And pastes; collage, photographs, and photo transfers are some of the materials and techniques she now uses to create abstract art in her home studio.
Private instruction with artist teachers over the years, and group workshops on methods and techniques in mixed media has helped to develop kelly’s Approach to creating art. She Also participates in an ongoing critique group and for many years attended an annual artist retreat in North Adams, massachusetts. In November, 2017, and again in April 2019, she participated in a week-long residency workshop at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
Kelly exhibits her work at juried and member shows and with Syntax, a group of six mixed media artists. Her work resides in private collections throughout the United States, as well as in public spaces: Hartford hospital, hartford, connecticut; the copper beech institute, west hartford, connecticut; and Green lotus salon and wellness in cromwell, connecticut.
in addition to studio work, kelly volunteers and is a signature artist member at arts center east in vernon, connecticut. she also participates in a monthly artist lunch and look program, and the annual open studio hartford, a city-wide arts event every november.
her longstanding interest in promoting adoption over shopping for companion animals led to the development of her one-of-a-kind collage art cards under the name, "little dog art". Kelly's other interests include keeping a secret garden, taking photographs on her walks with Macy, watching movies with husband norm, and taking drives with norm and macy to find the best places to stop for ice cream.
Syntax mixed media artists
arts center east
new haven paint and clay club
Connecticut women artists
new britain museum of american art
yale university art gallery
-Patricia rosoff foundation abstract art award, 3rd place, 2015
-arts center east, on and of paper juried show, merit award, "thoughtful", 2016
-arts center east, the art of abstraction juried exhibit, honorable mention award, "abundance, 2016
-maple and main gallery, annual juried show, honorable mention award, "vulnerabilities". 2016
-arts center east, 6th annual multimedia juried exhibit, honorable mention award, "burning bush", 2017
-arts center east, people and places juried exhibit, merit award, "undercover beach walkers", 2017
-arts center east, 6th annual photography juried exhibit, honorable mention, "blue series", 2018
-arts center east, 7th annual multimedia juried exhibit, merit award, “true blue”, 2018
-arts center east, 7th annual juried photography exhibit, honorable mention, “angles and lines series No. 1, 2 and 3”, 2019
-arts center east, mixed greens juried mixed media exhibit, 3rd place award, “just my imagination”, 2019
MASSACHUSETTS MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART: RESIDENCY WORKSHOP October 26 - NOVEMBER 1, 2017
MASSACHUSETTS MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART: RESIDENCY WORKSHOP APRIL 24 - 31, 2019