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Art & Life with Kelly Schott

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelly Schott.

Kelly, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Art has always been a huge part of my life. My family is full of creative people. When my sister and I were little, my father worked with wood building beautiful, functional things we used all the time – like a tree house with a play-kitchen, rocking horses, even our beds. My mother is artistic by way of fashion. She’s a designer, stylish, and a phenomenal seamstress. She taught me the very valuable tool of sewing. We usually share different perspectives on similar ideas and it’s been fun collaborating with her on a couple of project costumes we have made together. My sister is the one who first really introduced me to traditional art making, though, and guided me a lot when I was first learning how to draw. She used to design wedding dresses, but really has a knack for crafting. So, I was surrounded by lots of creativity growing up and that has had a huge influence on the things I have pursued in my life.

As for me and my art, when I was younger I focused a lot on drawing ballerinas because I grew up passionate about dancing and loved ballet. Mostly I used pencils or charcoals and really just tried to learn how to draw and utilize composition, shapes, and lines. It wasn’t until I was in college that I really decided to pursue art as a career and take it seriously.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Right now, I am working on a series of portrait watercolor paintings, exploring the use of different dynamic color combinations, textures, and subjects. I aim to celebrate the beauty of the feminine in all of her uniqueness by incorporating women of all shapes, sizes, and oddities into my work. Mostly, I hope to honor the strength and beauty of the women in my life who have loved and inspired me, and only hope that this may resonate with others.

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
San Diego is a big, beautiful melting pot of all kinds of different artists from many different backgrounds. What’s really great is that the art community here is still growing and I’m noticing larger groups of people exploring the city’s art crawls and gallery openings. The community here is great for bringing people together. Life as an artist certainly has its challenges. One of the biggest ways for cities like ours to help art and artists thrive is to show up and support them. Come to the street fair, go to the gallery, walk into that little art shack tucked away on the corner of your street, join in on a painting class, model for a life drawing class, if you see art you like – buy a print or two, or five. Talk to the artists that inspire you, whose work moves you – ask questions, talk to others, make connections, build friendships. The best and easiest way to support someone is to be there for them!

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
People can follow my work across social media online. I post most of my work-in-progress shots and live feeds on Instagram, and because my Facebook is linked to the account – it is updated by default as well. Very soon, my personal website will be the best way to view all my finished original work collectively and will be the hub for purchasing my art. People can help support my work by following my art adventures online – Follow and like my pages to keep updated on my most recent projects. It’s also just really wonderful when people talk to me about anything they are passionate about, to ask questions, and share ideas! I always find the best inspiration in my conversations with others.

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Image Credit:
Marvin Harris

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