Kelly is a self taught artist who re-found her talents only in her mid 40’s. She lives with her husband and four big dogs by the sea in West Sussex on the south coast of the UK.
“When I was young I loved to draw and paint, but I couldn’t see that there could be a working future for me doing that. So I put it all to the back of my head for 29 years and got on with building another career for myself. Then suddenly in my mid 40s I started to draw again, totally out of the blue. And I’ve not stopped since.
I find inspiration all around me and I am forever taking pictures and typing ideas onto my phone. I’m a lover of the absurd and whimsical which I think comes across in my artworks, and of course I’m a huge animal lover, so many of my artworks feature animals in absurd situations.
I’ve also been a collector of old books and illustrations all of my life, so it’s been a natural progression to start to combine this passion with my artwork. I adore using forgotten old books and bringing them back to life by putting images onto them. And I also enjoy taking old illustrations and repurposing them digitally to create new images.
Nowadays I mainly work digitally, creating my images straight onto the computer screen, and enjoy working in a few different styles.
Living right by the sea means that inspiration for coastal style work is literally on my doorstep and so some days I find myself creating nautical images that invoke thoughts of warm summer breezes and balmy evenings year round. Whilst other days, I might find myself creating a rabbit dressed up like a regency style dandy.
Working digitally allows me to work in great detail and includes elements that will never be seen, but I like to know that they are there… hidden away. Occasionally some of my characters have things under their hats or in their pockets. Finishing a picture digitally gives me the ability to work with secret layers of knick-knacks and keepsakes that belong only in the 2D world of the image I am creating.
My foxes always check their pocket watches when you’re not looking!”