Instructions for living a life.

Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.

                                                                     - Mary Oliver

Through wandering, exploring, discovering...I see, feel, and appreciate more. I take photographs and collect stories in sights, sounds, colors, and textures (see travel photos below). Whether I'm exploring in my neighborhood, or in a city across the world; it all returns to the studio with me and fuels the energy behind the work. 

Besides travel, influences include pop culture, graphic design, architecture, nature, science, and symbolism.

There are no rules. Experimentation, mark-making, and the physical aspects of materials and process are also an integral part of my studio practice. Using painting and mixed-media techniques, I utilize an eclectic mix of acrylic, house paint, textured mediums, enamel, ink, and new and repurposed materials. 

Many years of painting practice has led me here...to work that is raw, bold, layered, and intersected, but always rooted in painterly abstraction.

I am interested in energy, memory, and sensory experience.  I also want to communicate energy with the work that is strong, bold, and positive.

Thank you so much for stopping by.


Kelly Seeber's work speaks to the philosophy and foundation of her art practice focused on exploration.  She is a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) Fellow (2017) and is featured in the current issue of Studio Visit Magazine (issue 45). Previously, she has been 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 wholly 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 health care 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, and travel photography.

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