My work is about energy, memory, human interaction, and contemporary culture.

I'm driven by exploration and especially love the raw, vibrant energy of urban cities. I photograph and collect stories from what I see and experience; it fuels the energy behind the work.

Other influences include graffiti, street art, pop culture, graphic design, architecture, nature, science, and symbolism.

Some of my favorite artists are Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cy Twombly, Gerard Richter, Sterling Ruby, and Beatriz Milhazes.

Most recent works are a mix of acrylic, enamel, inks, new and repurposed paintings, travel mementos, and found materials that incorporate painting and mixed media techniques. Many years of painting practice has led me here and the work is always rooted in painterly abstraction.

I feel a strong pull toward this new way of working and seeing. Raw, bold, imperfect, juxtaposed and intersected, complex and layered. I'm often alluding to a deeper discussion we can have about art and life.


Kelly is a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) Fellow (2017). and is featured in the current issue of Studio Visit Magazine (issue 45). She has been previously featured by Design Crush, the MOMA blog, as well as 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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