Artist Spotlight: Kellie Lawler
What an honor to be working with Kellie Lawler. First she is super talented and not afraid to be bold with her creations but most importantly she is so kind and down to earth. Our small chats on Instagram are so easy and freeing. This is one reason why I love social media, it will connect you to people that you probably would have never met. Well I am fortunate to have met Kellie online but also in person. Her personality is contagious and when I first saw her designs, I had to know more!
1- When did you start your art career?
My father was an artist until he was drafted for Vietnam but when he returned his career shifted due to circumstance changes. I grew up drawing with him. I took advanced art courses in high school and thought about pursuing it in college but ended up being recruited for athletics. After college life just took me in a different direction, but it was always in the back of my mind that I was ignoring a piece of me. When I became a stay at home mom a few years ago, with the encouragement from friends and family, I decided to jump back into creating again!
2- What is your process?
My background is mainly in realism but I felt stuck in that process. I decided to get back into continuous line drawings, something I really enjoyed when I was younger. It is a great combination of realism with an abstract twist. Most pieces start off with some form of a sketch and then just evolve from there when I start painting.
3- Where do you find your inspiration?
So many places... textiles, patterns, architecture, photography, nature, the human form.
4- Where do you like to travel to?
We travel a lot for my kids’ athletic events on the weekends so we don’t have a lot of free time to travel more than that. Turks and Caicos two years ago was hands down the family favorite so far!
5- What would you like to achieve for 2019?
That’s a loaded question. Haha! The better question is what’s not on my list to achieve!?!? The basic bottom line is to make more people collectors! There is no better feeling than to know that a piece of your creativity hangs in someone else’s space and makes them happy.
6- What artist do you look up to and why?
There are so many talented artists that I admire, past and present, but if I didn’t have to put four kids through college I would end up with a house full of Sally King Benedict pieces.
7- What are you currently working on?
I’m currently trying to challenge myself to translate my work onto canvas, being that I’m usually more of a paper gal. I’m also drawn to a more monochromatic style and I’m pushing out of my color comfort zone.
Y’all how amazing is Kellie?! Such a fun Q & A! Be on the lookout for her newest works this Thursday, March 7th at 8 pm est. Subscribe your email below to be the first to see!