Discovering a treetop cafe in Vietnam, a silly encounter with a stranger in an elevator, the feel of warm rain in a tropical city - I paint about moments surrounding energy, memory, sensory experience, and connection.
Exploration fuels my soul and and I've wandered in urban cities all over the world.
Influences also include contemporary culture, advertising, graphic design, architecture, nature, science, and symbolism.
Many years of painting practice has led me here - to this work that is raw, bold, rhythmic, and layered. Complex surfaces often include art remnants, travel mementos, and recycled and found materials. Exploration and experimentation of color, mark-making, and the physical aspects of process and materials are the foundations of my studio practice.
There is a component of mystery to this process that keeps me engaged. It feels hopeful to wonder what's around that next corner.
At its core, my work is about exploring and sharing moments of energy that reminds us we are human.
Do you feel it too?
Kelly Seeber was awarded a professional fellowship in painting from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (2017-2018). Her solo show exhibit, "Rhythm and Flow: The Energy of Movement" was held at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in 2018. She has been featured in Studio Visit Magazine (issue 45), Design Crush, the MOMA blog, TheArtHunters, as well as local newspapers and magazines. Seeber's abstracts are held in private collections throughout the United States.
A wholly self-taught painter, Seeber earned an Associate degree in Liberal Arts, and a Bachelor's and Master's of Science degree focused in research. Originally from San Francisco Bay, Seeber began exhibiting her art in 2015, and now lives and works in Virginia.
Besides painting, Seeber loves yoga, travel, writing, and photography (click here to see some portrait and travel photography).
Still, what I want in my life is to be willing to be dazzled - to cast aside the weight of facts and maybe even to float above this difficult world. I want to believe I am looking into the white fire of a great mystery. I want to believe that the imperfections are nothing - that the light is everything - that it is more than the sum of each flawed blossom rising and falling. And I do. Mary Oliver (House of Light)
If you want to find the secrets to the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, vibration Nikola Tesla
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust.
Art is the highest form of hope. Gerard Richter.