A big congratulations to Debi Kelly for two recent wins with her wonderful pastel paintings!
At the recent Fairfield County Arts Council
Exhibition with the theme "Symbols", Debi's pastel painting "The Bluebird Nest" was awarded an Honorable Mention.
At the National Association of Women Artists
"Treasures of Our Coastal State" Exhibit, Debi's pastel painting: Giraffe Encounter at Riverbanks Zoo was awarded an Honorable Mention.
Debra Kelly’s roots run deep in South Carolina and the local community. She grew up on a family farm in the Dutch Fork area and currently resides in Chapin with her husband, Henry, and two “studio” cats.
Her subject matter often includes rural and coastal landscapes, wildlife, classic cars/trucks and old equipment and buildings. She incorporates liberal touches of color, texture, angles, and detailed drawing in order to capture movement and “life” in her paintings. While she works primarily in the pastel medium, she also utilizes acrylics and oils, as well as unusual surfaces, such as wood and metal, to compliment her subject matter. It is precisely the unseen structure/bones as well as the planes/angles in a piece that builds her canvas and captures the eye.
Debra is currently a “Member of Excellence” of the Southeastern Pastel Society in Atlanta and an Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America in New York. She is also a member of the Pastel Society of SC, the National Association of Women Artists and, locally, the Crooked Creek Art League in Chapin. She has been accepted into and received numerous awards in international, regional and local juried shows. Juried shows include ArtFields, Southeastern Pastel Society International and Members Exhibitions, NAWA (SC), Pastel Society of NC, Union County Arts Council, Anderson County Arts Center, Spartanburg Art Museum, as well as others. Her work is currently on display at Palmetto Fine Arts in Chapin.