Sharon Kelly

Through the Mist, acrylic, mixed media on canvas, 60 x 36 in. (152.5 x 91.5 cm)

Water attracts and influences humans in ways both obvious and subtle. The Blue Mind theory, “shows how being near, in, on or even under water can make you happier, healthier and more connected.” [1]  Water radiates calm and inspires ideas. I find myself forever mesmerized and transfixed by the way water moves, reflects, glimmers and glows.

So much of my work is about process. I am an intuitive painter, I react to the randomness of the paint as it flows and adheres to selected collage elements. My paintings evolve over time at a slow pace, oscillating from vibrant palettes to softer, less presumptuous ones. This habit occurs several times until I am pleased with the outcome. The process is a combination of trial and error, random and controlled, hidden and obvious. My goal is to give tangible expression to landscapes that exist for me both in memory and imagination.

Sharon Kelly grew up on the island of Montreal. Her family home, filled with Canadian art, both inspired and nurtured her artistic development. She studied Art History at Queens University, with a concentration on Canadian Art as well as the Renaissance. A self taught artist, now working in Ottawa, Sharon Kelly has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions since 1999. Her works can be found in private art collections as well as the permanent collections of The Ottawa Art Gallery and The Royal Bank of Canada.

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[1] Wallace J. Nichols, Blue Mind, Little, Brown and Company, 2014.