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A lot of simple day to day things inspire me. I love California. I love the outdoors. I love history. I love old things. I collect things. I love discovering things. I always find useful ways to repurpose things. Those are inspirations in my work. I grew up in Sonoma County, but I've spent the majority of my life working in the Bay Area. Today I split my time between both places to seek balance. I turned to painting many years ago to help get me through an emotionally difficult time in my life. Naturally it led me to discover my passion for printmaking.
As a child, my parents were master craft makers back before that was even a thing. I grew up with a family wood shop and lived in a geodesic dome that my dad built up around us. We moved from room to room as the walls were completed. It made life very interesting. There were always a lot of books and animals and plants around me. My parents have this way of saying I was born busy which has been both a blessing and a curse. I do believe I have my Dad's entrepreneurial spirit, and my Mom's attention to detail. I've been designing and crafting my own creative projects as far back as I can remember to blink. My journey is constantly changing as I explore new mediums and techniques within my work. I believe in lifelong learning, and my best inspiration is usually what is right in front of me, always within reach.
Kelly is a Northern California multidisciplinary printmaker raised in Sonoma County and based in Oakland, California.
Kelly has a BA in Textile Design from San Francisco State University. In 2019 she received certification in the field of Printmaking Arts and served as a teaching assistant to her mentor, Toru Sugita, Professor of Printmaking at Diablo Valley College. Kelly currently works as a teaching artist with the Sonoma Community Center and the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.
She is a member of the California Society of Printmakers and the Oakland Art Association.
Gum Moon Girls - A Tribute
My Asian American Chinese cultural heritage is an influence in my work. I feel very fortunate to have learned more about my great-grandmother Maud Lai Don in recent years.
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