Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelly Clark.
Kelly, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was an artist my whole life, inspired by my big brother Kevin who knew how to draw horses like no other, straight out of his head. I would draw outfits, ornate gowns and silly caricatures of my Grandfather. Our rooms were full of art we created, slapped on with scotch tape from floor to the ceiling. I went to school for painting at the State University of New York at New Paltz and switched my major to photography after studying in Florence, Italy since I fell in love, hard, with photography.
After graduating from art school I worked in New York City in magazine publishing, since I felt that the way to “make it” was to have your name on a masthead. My first job was working for Art & Auction magazine, where I went to an art gallery opening every night and filled my head and heart with art. I made my way through the city working at other magazines, doing everything from production to marketing to public relations to sales.
On the morning of September 11th, 2001, I was walking to work downtown at 770 Broadway when I heard that a plane hit one of the towers. After spending the day not knowing if I would live or die, I realized that my dream of “someday” becoming an art teacher had to happen now, because honestly you don’t know how long you can live. I desperately wanted to help children who were going such a traumatic event through art. I quit my job two weeks later and left to go to graduate school in art education. I’ve been a teacher on and off since.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I make some form of art every day, whether it’s photography, drawing, painting, curating or teaching about art. In addition to my daily routine of teaching photography to high school students (honestly it’s the best job in the world), I’m also the Vice Chair of the City of Vista where I help curate and put on shows at the Civic Center gallery and find opportunities for art and culture around the city. In addition, I am heavily involved in an art non-profit in Vista, The Backfence Society, where I run a weekly drawing group. I go back and forth with mediums, but my primary one is photography.
I like to call myself an “Art Evangelist.” I feel that everyone is creative, everyone’s an artist, and it’s just about finding the right medium. It may be drawing, it may be photography, and it may be music or even baking. I feel that art is very important for a better quality of life, both for the individual and community.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
I got involved with my City’s art commission precisely because of what’s going on in the nation. I can’t do much with the whole country, but I can affect and help my own little corner of the world. I also got involved with the art commission because my brother is a talented mural artist back east, and knew how it could be a struggle for him to get work and be paid fairly and wanted to help other artists like him. Unfortunately, I see too many disparities regarding paying artists and wish there were a consistent way of pricing across the board.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
People can see my work online at www.kellyclarkcreative.com or on my Instagram at www.instagram.com/
- Address: Vista, CA 92084
- Website: www.kellyclarkcreative.com
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