A Body Of Work

Ellen at her easel enjoying the fall weather in Arkansas.

From the plains of Kansas to the hills of the Ozarks…although the view of the horizon goes from flat to hilly in a few hours, an artist’s vision is what the mind’s eye perceives. Ellen Kelly made that move a few years back so her art could grow from the natural richness surrounding her in Arkansas. While in Kansas, the themes of cowboys, prairie grasses, open spaces and sunflowers enlivened the canvases she painted, but coming to the hills it became a love for hill people, simple lifestyles, majestic pines, colorful birds and wild animals. Oil is her favorite medium because of the richness of the pigment. She has dabbled in watercolor and acrylics, but doesn’t feel these mediums satisfy her creative urges the way oils do. For awhile, Ellen learned the art of china painting from a friend in Wichita. The delicate task of mixing the powders with oil and repetitive firing the china in a kiln was a new, enlightening experience inspired by her great aunt. “China painting requires a steady hand and much patience,” she claims, especially since it is done on a curved surface.” This exhibit is a reflection of much of her endeavors since moving to the state. Last year, she was published in “Art and Artisans of the Ozarks, Volume 2.” She is a member of North Central Arkansas Artist League and resides in Fairfield Bay with husband, George and 2 critters, Molly and Memeow. The Fairfield Bay library, 369 Dave Creek Parkway, Fairfield Bay Arkansas is featuring Ellen’s artwork from October 30th until the end of January, 2013. Public viewing is available Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00-4:00, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00-5:00 and Saturday, 10:00-12:30 p.m. Paintings are available for purchase by calling 501-884-6476.

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