Cipher series, 2019.

I am interested in

Energy, memory, connection, and contemporary culture.

About the work

Fundamentally, my work is about communicating energy.  I want to connect through the energy of the work and start a deeper discussion.

About me

Curious, wanderer, hate all constraints (real and imagined), love innovation and big thinking.

Why I create

There is freedom in abstraction. For me art is freedom, exploration, connection, and a voice.


Urban cities, graffiti, science, nature, symbolism, graphic design, popular culture.  Favorite artists include Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Rauschenberg, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Beatriz Milhazes.

Life motto

Be thankful, but also work hard and dream big. Look for joy. Be kind to all. Explore and stay open. Speak up for the vulnerable. Be generous. Seek out good energy people and hold them close.

The power of art

Click here to read how I really feel! I wrote this essay for my solo show ICING.


Kelly is a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) Fellow (2017) and held a solo exhibit, "Rhythm and Flow: The Energy of Movement" at the VMFA in 2018. She was 1st runner-up/alternate for the Webb School of Knoxville artist-in-residence program (2018), is featured in the current issue of Studio Visit Magazine (issue 45/46), and has been previously featured by Design Crush, the MOMA blog, and local newspapers and magazines.

Kelly's art is held in private collections throughout the United States. She is a member of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art.

A self-taught painter, Kelly earned an Associate's degree in Liberal Arts, a Bachelor's of Science degree, and a Master's of Science degree (magna cum laude), focused in research. Kelly is originally from San Francisco Bay, began exhibiting her art in 2015, and now lives and works in Virginia.

Besides painting, Kelly loves yoga, writing, portrait photography, creating art installations, and wandering the globe taking photographs.

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