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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 based multidisciplinary, printmaker raised in Sonoma County. She has spent the last two decades living, working and consulting as a creative professional within the Bay Area. Since 2004, Kelly’s art has been sold at her former Berkeley boutique Relish At Home and in various shops internationally. Her designs have been featured in print & online publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, Sunset, Apartment Therapy, Real Simple, and Martha Stewart Weddings. Kelly has a BA in Textile Design from San Francisco State University. In 2019 she received certification in the field of Printmaking Arts from Diablo Valley College, and served as a teaching assistant to her mentor, Toru Sugita, Professor of Printmaking Arts at Diablo Valley Community College. Kelly works as a Teaching Artist Instructor with the Printmaking Studio at the Sonoma Community Center. She is a member of the California Society of Printmakers and the Oakland Art Association.
Gum Moon Girls - A Tribute
My Chinese American cultural heritage is enormous influence in my work today. I feel very fortunate to have learned more about my great-grandmother Maud Lai Don in recent years.
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