Kelley is an artist, a poet, and a physician who paints light-filled portraits and landscapes, imbuing a realist style with a compassionate portrayal. She developed drawing skills as a child, then entered an art hiatus for a career in medicine- learning a deep understanding of humanity which profoundly influences her portraiture- before returning to fine art. Kelley studied painting intensively for five years at a small art teaching studio in Maine with master painter Sean Beavers, and continues learning with Stephen Bauman and Cornelia Hernes, formerly of the Florence Academy.
Kelley is a member of the Copley Society of Art, the Portrait Society of America, the Oil Painters of America, the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, the American Society of Marine Artists, and the Newburyport Art Association. She has received multiple awards and shown her works in many juried regional and national exhibits. Her works have been on display at galleries and in private collections.
Drawing and painting have been my lifelong passions. After a calling to emergency medicine, I returned to art in 2013, learning oils with Sean Beavers, portraits with Stephen Bauman and Cornelia Hernes, and taking workshops with Steven Assael, Robert Liberace, and Donald Demers. I paint portraits, figures, and landscapes in oils, focusing on the subject’s unique natural expression.
My practice is to capture in oils what I look for and connect with in my subject: their nature, their subtle emotion, and the essence of their unique spirit. I love to portray the innate beauty of my subject in an intimate way.