Born in Petoskey, MI, Kelly always knew she was meant to be an artist. At the age of 8, she was the first recipient of the Susan Van Wieren award in Charlevoix, MI- a permanent display that still hangs today. Kelly attended Interlochen Arts Camp and Academy, Chicago Art Institute, Columbia College, and graduated with honors from the University of Michigan. Kelly started her company, Red Dogs Studio, when she was 15 after a series of impulse painting derived from the sudden death of her family dog, Bentley. The Red Dog emerged and has been in her paintings ever since. Kelly has shown her work across the country and is in numerous private collections. She recently started working with digital art and it has resulted in her new venture “365, no originals”. Kelly is creating at least one new image a day for the next year. She is challenging herself to see how the prolific nature of this medium will effect and inspire new works, images, and ideas.
The Red Dog that appears in every painting is meant as a personal mark and signature image.