“I was born in Wisconsin but did not live there very long. We moved to Australia and then came back and settled in California. I have no formal art training except taking some general art classes along the way.
I have been creating art since I was a small child. I started finger painting at a young age and was hooked on art from then on. I enjoy creating art which helps me strive to push myself as far as I can go in imagination. Flowers, nature, and human emotion trigger my inspirations. I mainly paint in acrylic on canvas but also on wood and paper.”
When did you begin painting and how did you get started?
Kelene: I started painting at a young age probably around 4 or 5. I started finger painting and then with a brush. My parents are both artistic and one day my mom gave me some paints with some paper, and I was hooked.
You say you are inspired by flowers, nature, and human emotion, is there a message you are trying to give through your art, and what is it?
Kelene: I am not sure if I am giving any message through my art, but I am inspired by nature and flowers and the beauty of all of it. I find human emotions powerful when translated into artwork. It can be very subtle about the emotion that you are creating. I tend to paint on the more abstract surreal way of how I perceive people, so I find the emotion by the eyes or face impression.
What is the process from start to final artwork, do you envision it from the beginning or is it a different process?
Kelene: Sometimes I envision it from the beginning, and it goes as planned. Other times my mind wonders while I am painting and suddenly the piece is something completely different. So, the process can be quite different each time I start a new piece of artwork.
What is your most recent piece of art that you have enjoyed working on the most?
Kelene: When I am commissioned to paint something for someone and see how happy they are with the outcome.
Describe a real-life situation that inspired your artwork?
Kelene: I have had many real-life situations that inspired me. I think mental health awareness and losing people to suicide, or drugs influenced some of my work. Life and death come into play. I may incorporate that more into my work down the road.
What artists influenced you the most and why?
Kelene: I find Picasso and Munch two of my favorite most influential artists. The way they painted and the intense emotion I would feel when viewing their work. Other artists are Dali, Miro, and Kahlo. So many more but these are just a few.
How has your art evolved over the years?
Kelene: I am becoming more open to ways to create artwork that is not just by painting. Such as welding or sculpting. I am looking forward to evolving different ways to create art.
What is the best way to reach people that are interested in your art?
Kelene: Instagram, or my website. I am looking to have a storefront in the future and then I will be able to have more ways to be reached.
Are there any upcoming shows or workshops we should know about (or canceled due to the Covid-19 situation)? I have a solo show in Kansas City MO in January 2021.
Kelene: I am working on getting a storefront as soon as that is feasible.
Do you see your art as serving a purpose beyond art?
Kelene: I hope down the road it does. I have some ideas of getting others into exploring the benefits of creating art. I am looking to do that with art classes for kids.
What are you currently working on and what are your plans for the future?
Kelene: As of now, I am working on getting ready for my solo show. Busy creating new work and hoping that I can achieve my goals of setting up my business.
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