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Sharon Kelly is a contemporary artist known for her tranquil paintings inspired by the oceans and waterways. “I grew up living on the St. Lawrence River observing its inherent beauty and power. I remain mesmerized and transfixed by the way water moves, reflects, glimmers and glows. Water and our connection to it features predominantly in my artistic practice.” Kelly creates paintings from memory using the freedom of abstraction to explore and respond to her experiences. “My paintings evolve slowly over time, often beginning with vibrant gestural marks, finishing with softer calmer emotions. I repeat this process several times until the composition satisfies me. My process of trial and error, random and controlled, hidden and obvious, results in hazy layers of accumulated history.
”In 2016, I was struck by the imagery and words of Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, author of The Blue Mind Theory. Blue Mind theory, “Shows the science of how being near, in, on or even under water can make you happier, healthier and more connected…” The Blue Mind has influenced my life each time I am within water’s reach. She is my muse, in all her forms.
My intention remains to give tangible expression to landscapes that exist for me in both memory and imagination. Sharon Kelly was born in Montreal and studied Art History at Queens University. A self-taught artist, Kelly now maintains a full-time studio in Ottawa by the Rideau River. She has been featured in several solo and group exhibitions since 1999. Her works are in both private and corporate collections.
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