When I was a little girl, I got a pot holder loom one christmas.
You know the kind, with the metal hooky tool and bags of stretchy nylon loops. I made more pot holders than Julia Childs would ever see in her lifetime.
My mother had at least a kitchen drawer full...and lovingly refused receipt of any more.
One of the huge things I remember about potholder-making was the challenge to come up with exceptional color combinations. Hard to do with the multi-color bags of loops. They always put the icky colors in bags that had the most coveted colors. You could always buy individual single color bags, but that got spendy on a twelve year old’s allowance.
I never really assessed all of the life lessons learned in my pot holder endeavor until recently. Funny thing is, they still hold true today.
I love color: the marriage, the arrangement, the manipulation and the emotion of it. The combinations to choose from are endless. And, they make us pay for the coveted ones. Pigments can cut into a senior’s allowance.
They say that true art comes from pain. So I’ve painted my pain. And it was colorful. And, I’ve painted other stuff. And it was colorful. Ya, I love color. And light. Because light and color are back alley brothers. And they love to dance. Screw the budget.
So now, I have to track down the rotten potato smell I detect in my kitchen. Because true creatives are not the best Cinderellees.
Born and raised in California, her earliest artistic endeavors revolved around selling her loom-woven potholders for $.25 door to door in her local neighborhood, coloring books, and making posters as publicity assistant for La Quinta High School's Girls' Club. High school secretarial studies landed her a full time office job after graduation whereupon she pursued evening art classes at local community colleges.
It was in a sign graphics class that she embraced her passion for hand lettering. Many years later, this would result in the birth of "Art Gecko Signs," a one-woman sign business she ran with the help of her 1972 Volkswagen bus (the "lizard" bus) out of her Naples, Florida home. Seven years later, and in an attempt to "get off the ladders," she embarked on a new path. "Earth & Fire," a contemporary ceramics studio was opened and operated for the next ten years.
With the kids off to college, the move to New Mexico was made where Oso Art Gallery in Capitan, New Mexico was opened and featured over 100 Lincoln County artists. Now pursuing her own artistic enchantments, Kelly focuses on acrylic paintings, paper/cloth mache sculpture, glass beads, ceramics and fiber crafts. Her curiosity, enthusiasm for new mediums and love of nature drive her to endless creativity.