It’s been a while since I did a portrait, I started with sketching some faces until a character started to emerge. She was looking out at the viewer yet appeared as if she was off somewhere else in her thoughts, contemplating something important. I felt like putting a little demon on her shoulder, and then balanced it out with a cherub type creature on the right. What emerged was a picture of the balance between our internal voices, as we struggle to choose between our dual natures.
Frame is mint green with gold embellishments. Vintage and left as found, so a little worn around the edges and tiny cracks here and there. Ideal for an old-world theme.
painting is 7.5×9.5, with frame 11.5×13.5
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Kelley is an artist residing in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her MFA from the School of Visual Arts and her BFA from the Rhode Island School of design. Her favorite medium is oil paint and she loves to create her work by hand. She is fascinated with deciphering the myths and symbolism behind all types of religions. She believes being well-read in a variety of subjects is an important element to bring depth to art making, with a few of her favorites being psychology and scientific discovery. Traveling is her only other passion equal to a career in art and is a vital component of inspiring her work. In her art making she explores hidden meanings behind obscure stories, influenced by a mix of genres from the gothic and steampunk to classic fantasy and legends.
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