BEGINNINGS BY KELLY

Family, Newborn & Wedding Photographer

Canmore / Banff / Lake Louise
Alberta, Canada

©2019 BEGINNINGS BY KELLY

KELLY'S PAINTINGS

Storytelling With A Brush

Kelly VanderBeek is an artist at heart but her mediums of storytelling have been eclectic, to say the least.
Always enthralled by light Kelly is a lifelong photographer although it was Kelly’s physical artistry as a professional ski racer that brought her fame.  Now, a professional broadcaster & keynote speaker Kelly devotes as much time as possible to her more classic artistic pursuits of photography & painting.  If interested in purchasing or showcasing Kelly's art, please feel free to reach out.

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

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. 

TAKING MY MOMENT

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. 

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. 

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'. 

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.

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.