D Yael Kelley

I live and work from my home studio in the Artist Enclave of Historic Kenwood, St. Petersburg Florida. Drawing from an early age, I sold my first works at 14. It is my eclectic heritage; a colonial family with Cherokee, Scots Irish, German, Jewish and Quaker ancestry that strongly influence my current work and fuel my insatiable curiosity about life in general. Born in Ohio and growing up in Florida, I have lived in England, Arizona and Texas. While living in England, I attended Suffolk College of Art and Design situated in an old Victorian group of buildings that stimulated my imagination and artistic passions. The arts have been a lifelong focus with over 40 years as a professional painter and arts advocate. I have worked in the visual arts, museums and in the theatre. I was honored to be an Artist in Residence at both the Center for Contemporary Arts in Abilene, and at Diamond Art in Dallas, Texas. Serving as the vice-president of the Texas Visual Arts Association and working as certified instructor and demonstration artist for several major arts material manufactures that include Crayola Crayons, Winsor and Newton, and Daler Rowney. I have enjoyed many solo shows and group exhibitions throughout my career. I returned home to Florida after a 26 year absence in 2005 and worked with St. Petersburg City Theatre as its Executive Director. For a while, the theatre took me away from fine art painting although I painted sets and I continued serving on many arts related committees including the City of St Petersburg Arts Advisory committee. In 2014 I returned to painting full time and I am represented in St. Petersburg by Red Cloud Indian Arts Gallery. My paintings are in collections throughout the United States, in Central America and abroad and I am currently a board member of the St. Pete Arts Alliance.

After years of working as a portrait and landscape artist my current work intentionally abandons more traditional methods for an expressionist approach to interpreting nature. I am seeking the Still Point Silence, listening to inner voices, searching for that perfect pure color, exact line, precise curve, stroke, movement of the brush. What do I want from my work? I want to stand across the room and see truth looking back from the canvas.

Anticipated Activities –

This grant will help fund activities associated with preparing for an upcoming art show. The show concept seeks to create an opportunity to work with other women artists of different disciplines in a collaborative manner to engage, create and remark on our journeys with our grandmothers and mothers as we entered their lives and they left ours.

Over the next 9 months I will create 12 paintings ranging in size 30” x 40” to 36” x 60” that explore this concept. I will use the grant funds to purchase lighting, painting supplies, canvas, and framing.