WELCOME! Here’s a little information about me:
I am a life-taught intuitive painter who is living the childhood dream of being an artist. The desire to make art and create patterns of color on a canvas finally overpowered the responsibilities of life and I am now living out what I am sure is my soul’s purpose. I have always been drawn to textures in nature and the way God wove those altogether in our world. From tree bark to textures in the sand and surf, I have always seen things from a different perspective-not the item itself but instead the patterns on them. In my youth I had migraines and would I get these glorious vivid colors of geometrical shapes behind my eyes. They tell me they are auras. I always said if I could paint my auras I would be a great artist. Growing up in the 70’s, I was influenced by the abstract expressionist and action painters- Rothko and Jackson Pollack and all of the art so popular from Mid-century. I love Picasso and Dali, Modigliani and Kandinsky! My art dream is to have a place large enough I can throw gallons of paint on a huge wall canvas and see what happens!
My current work varies between abstract, minimalist landscapes, and the whimsical-(still trying to paint those auras). I like to bring to the canvas textures, patterns, or an impression of a place that evokes emotion or a good memory for the viewer. I leave the viewer to decide the location. My whimsical pieces are throwbacks to the 70’s where colors were bold and anything and everything was put together and called good. Remember the plaid and floral combos? I desire to capture the viewer and send them on a reminiscence of another place in time- a mini escape you might say. I use a vivid color palette to catch your attention and hold it with the transparency of that palette where the underneath marks and textures peek through. I love transparent paints that allow for layer upon layer to make changes to the canvas. My paintings are built one layer at a time so there is always a hint of something hiding underneath.
My biggest desire is for my paintings to give the viewer a glimpse of God's magnificence and glory while uplifting their spirit. I pray you are touched by the art you find here and you are challenged to see the world’s patterns through new eyes. Please enjoy my site and share with others you think would be encouraged by it as well.
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I am currently a studio member at Wild Ibis Art Studios & Gallery, 133 N Grove St., Suite A, Eustis, FL 32726. My work can be seen there daily or by appointment so feel free to contact me. My paintings are also exhibited at Gallery At the Farm at Over the Hills Farm, 3921 Britt Rd, Mt Dora, FL 32757 and can be seen Wed-Sat or by appointment. My art is also available for purchase at the lifestyle market, Gathered, at 775 S Yonge St in Ormond Beach, FL 32174
God bless you,
Kelley Batson Howard