Born in Sydney, Australia, Kelly studied a BA Design (Visual Communication) hons in illustration before moving to Edinburgh in 2000 to pursue her career and to be immersed in European culture and architecture. With a passion for drawing traditional architecture, Edinburgh is a constant source of inspiration with its abundance of Gothic, Victorian and Georgian architecture. Kelly joined Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop in 2001 and has worked predominantly in the screenprint process. Screenprint offers endless possibilities when combining drawings, mark making, handwritten text and photography by creating a series of hand generated colour separations that are screenprinted and overlayed one at a time onto paper to create original, limited edition prints. Prints can have up to 30 individual layers which are all worked up like a painting.
‘When I am in the studio, there’s no place I’d rather be’.
Kelly also works with watercolour, pastel, pencil and collage to create mixed media works, in a range of subjects including animals, boats and landscapes which ‘don’t need to be structurally accurate like that of architecture, so it enables me to draw more expressive, organic lines which I sometimes crave when drawing the architectural pieces.’
Voted the UK Printmaker of the Year by Printfest UK in 2012, Kelly has exhibited at the RSA in Edinburgh as well as the RGI in Glasgow, winning the ‘City of Glasgow’ prize.
Other exhibitions outside the UK have been held in Denmark, USA, Switzerland, and Australia.
Kelly supports the Edinburgh Sick Kids Postcard annual fundraising exhibition as well as the St Columbas Hospice annual Exhibition.
Kelly continues to make limited edition screenprints of Edinburgh and beyond, as well as private commissions.