I began painting with my grandmother at an early age and have been creating art ever since. I like to use a lot of rich, vibrant colors. Most people tell me my use of colors draw them to my work. I love painting women and trees. I paint women of all cultures as the warriors they are, whether in activism, motherhood, friendship, or being a source of strength for so many. And in painting trees, they remind me to stay grounded and to draw from my roots.
People, travel, color and music all inspire me; it may be a powerful lyric in a song, a person’s life story, or something as simple as a beautiful Oregon day. I want my paintings to make people happy, empowered and at peace. I hope you enjoy my work and that it makes your soul sing!
I see art as a form of therapy for my soul, which is where the name “Kelly’s Art From the Soul” came from. I currently live, teach, and paint in Portland, Oregon.