Originally from Baltimore, MD., Kelly Turley relocated to Suwanee, GA. In 1999. She attended Valdosta State University where she received a B.A. in art with a concentration in painting. She currently lives in Buford, GA. and has successfully maintained a studio at the Tannery Row Artist colony located in downtown Historic Buford. She enjoys teaching classes and exhibiting her art at the colony.
Her body of work consist mainly of large scale, mixed media paintings which are generally inspired by dreams, nature and the female energy. Kelly believes that painting instinctively allows mark making and color choices to occur through feeling, revealing scenes from the subconscious. By experimenting with texture as part of her process, she often incorporates the use of found objects and dried paint. She also finds that lighter washes of watercolor and spray paint set the first organic layer of each piece. The process of adding then sanding away unveils the history before it and gives the illusion that you are sometimes peeking through one world into another.
It is Kelly’s objective to give the viewer what she receives through each endeavor of letting go, a transportive effect, a sense of release and elusive curiosity.