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“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.

Going up

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.

Birds view

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.

Things are not always as they seem

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.

Inside looking out

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.

Its all going to work out

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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Thank you!

4 Replies to “An Interview with Kelene – A self-taught artist from California”

  1. You’re an amazing Artist! I love all the work that you do. Stay creative and successful Cheers!

    1. Thank you! That’s very sweet and I really appreciate it always. I will continue to be creative that’s for sure.

  2. One of my top abstract artists alive today!
    At first glance, you may think you’re familiar with a piece, but after closer observation you realize it’s not what you expected. Always feels like the Artist knows more about the Subject than we do. It draws you in and keeps you searching. This quality is inherent and can’t be taught. Looking forward to seeing her art and installations in the future!

    1. Thank you so much Johanna! That means a lot to me. I appreciate it and I hope to be able to continue to have art shows and create art. Thank you again, Kelene

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