- this is me -

I do not fit into a box.


I am an Olympian. 

I am a Broadcaster.

I am a Speaker.

I am a Photographer.

I am a Painter.


I take on challenges with fearless ambition.

I am a lover of people, of stories, of connection.  


This is a snapshot of my work as a painter.

 

Storytelling With A Brush

"To create is an honoured tradition of bearing one's soul for others to judge.
A process wrought with beautiful struggle."
- Kelly

TOQUE PLAY

oil on wood (a range of sizes)

A series of portraits/non-portraits inspired by Canada's toque culture.

MEET HAL

10"x10" - acrylic on wood

This is a series filled with fun and adventure as you join Hal The Moose as he explores Canada's Rocky Mountains. These are available as originals, postcards, and there is a children's book to come!

GOT MILK?

24"x24" - acrylic on wood

At its core, my art is inspired by my emotional responses. Once an image is stuck in my mind, I simply MUST paint it. This painting, like many of my pieces, was inspired by one of my photographs, However, it took on a life of its own once I began putting paint on canvas. 

ALWAYS YOU - SOLD

28"x20" - acrylic on wood

This emotive image of my son was crying out for another life - so here it is.  I chose to stick with a monotone palate to both simplify and accentuate the intimacy of his expression. 

A MOMENT PLEASE

16"x24" - acrylic on wood

This young owl was well taken care of, but it was not free.  In a crowd of people reaching out to pet this captive bird, I snapped this image.  I then wanted to 'set her free' and saw that coming in the form on a night scene.  I am now at peace with this image, and like most of my work, it also makes me smile. 

UNDER THE STARS

36"x 18" - acrylic on wood

This beautiful animal was mounted on a wall, someone's trophy.  After seeing it there, I kept having visions of it 'relocated' under the stars as I did for the owl, 'Taking A Moment'. 

FEELING WILD

36" x 24" - acrylic on canvas

Sitting beside my 4y old son as he created his own piece of art, I was inspired and free-flowing.  This painting had three lives/phases.  In the end, It's a work that speaks to the sentiments I feel at my home, in Canmore, Alberta.

ON MY WAY - SOLD

30"x40" - acrylic on canvas

This painting was simple yet challenging.  Trying to demonstrate movement & detail of a solo skier, awaiting his next adrenaline-filled descent. 

JUST BREATH

20" x 60" - acrylic on canvas

The largest canvas I have taken on to date sat in my basement awaiting inspiration to strike for over 2y.  Finally, this image, again inspired by my photographic work, depicts a woman collecting herself moments before competition.  A moment I can relate to personally and connect with deeply. 

AN AIRY FOCUS - SOLD

24" x 48" - acrylic on wood

With one of the largest canvases I've worked on to date, I wanted to ensure the subject spoke to me.  The complete focus on the task at hand felt right on every level, and the negative space offered a balance that I'm drawn to. However, most importantly, this moment makes me smile and I hope it does for you too.

 
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LET'S CONNECT!

Please reach out to learn more about Kelly's art & inspiration.

 

BEGINNINGS BY KELLY

Family, Newborn & Wedding Photographer

Canmore / Banff / Lake Louise
Alberta, Canada

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