Kelly first graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a Bachelor of Arts in 3D Modelling and Animation; from here she continued her studies with a Masters Degree in Digital Practices in Design, graduating in 2004.
However it was after graduation that a desire to escape the computer and return to hand drawn imagery, led her to start on her journey as a visual artist.
“Kelly’s elaborate doodles entice the viewer into another world, not always apparent at first glance. Her work is an insight to her thoughts and imagination; this coupled with her immaculate drawing skills, is the reason why her work has proved so popular with our customers and other collectors”.
Emmeline Webb, gallery owner at the Art Nest, 2013
It all began with a small picture I drew 15 years ago (aptly entitled Doodle) which was blue biro on a sheet of A4 paper. I came across this drawing 10 years later and it really stemmed from there.
My work is mainly black ink on paper or board, it seems to have got a lot more colourful lately, I suppose it’s a reflection of what’s happening in my life at that time.
As I work in ink straight to paper, there’s no room for error, but if something unintentional happens I just go along with it and the artwork takes its own direction.
The process of creating a picture has its up and downs, when its going well it’s great, then other times I may feel like I’ve lost it and it’s not going to work, but I keep going and it always comes together in the end.
My influences are varied, but at the moment I’m taking a lot of inspiration from the natural world and also old ephemera or objects of curiosity that I come across through my parents second hand shop.
Exhibitions to date:
August 2015 – Pentland Brands, Finchley, London
March 2015 – Tap Room, Islington, London
March 2015 – The Maynard, Crouch End, London
February 2015 – Ten Bar, Hornsey, London
February 2015 – Stephen’s House and Gardens
September 2013 – Herts Open Studios, Barnet
August 2013 – Solo Exhibition at ‘The Art Nest’ Hitchin
July 2013 – Urban Art Fair – Brixton, London SW2
April 2013 – Courtyard Arts Exhibition, Hertford
February 2013 – She Exhibition, Edmund Gallery, Bury St Edmunds
September 2012 – Herts Open Studios – The Art Nest, Hitchin
August 2012 – Colour Max Galley – Hertford
May 2012 – International Art Fair – Royal College of Art
October 2011 – Paintworks Autumn Art Market, Bristol
September 2011 – Paradise Exhibition – Nails Art Gallery – Bristol
July 2011 – Urban Art Fair – Brixton
January 2011 – Art on the Underground – Shoreditch Station
July 2010 – Urban Art Fair – Brixton
May 2010 – Untitled Artist Fair – Chelsea – London
September 2004 – End of MA Exhibition – University of Hertfordshire