Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelly Marie.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born in Minnesota and have loved all things creative since I can remember. Despite the fact that I took every art class I could and doodled on everything in front of me, I denied I was an artist, because I thought I should have a “real” job. I started college in 2008 with the intention of studying biochemistry, but ended up building my own degree program with a focus on psychology, art, and creative writing.
I’ve worked in a variety of fields like dental fabrication, finance, and optical office administration, these jobs held my attention for a little while, but I would always get restless. I’m a bit of a Renaissance soul, but no matter how much I tried to love the field I was in, I always gravitated back to art.
I took on a lot of hobbies and side projects over the years to try and satisfy my creative urges, but it was never enough. So, in 2016, I quit my job on a finance team and jumped into creating full time. Two years later, I’m living in Oceanside, CA with my nerdy other half and don’t miss my “real” jobs even a little.
Please tell us about your art.
I create colorful abstract acrylic art. I am inspired by energy and emotion and I create with the selfish intent of processing my internal and external worlds. I have always been highly empathetic and act as emotional sponge. I’m not able to stop myself from absorbing the energy around me. With art, I am able to release that energy and make sense of it. Through flowing saturated colors and intricate line work, I’m able to create order within chaos.
The beauty of abstract art is that the viewer will see it through their lens. They will pick out different shapes and find their own meaning. My only hope when someone views my work is that it will reach out and touch the chaos inside of them, and maybe make them curious. Beautiful things happen when our curiosity is piqued.
What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
It’s hard to be an artist. I don’t know that things are any worse or better today than they were years ago in general, but I know with social media, it’s much easier to connect with our audience and potential customers. Though, this creates the problem of getting lost in the sea of talented creators. The hardest part is figuring out how to market yourself and tell your story. It’s not enough to just get your art in front of people.
Opportunities like this interview are great for helping artists. Building a community of art lovers and creating a platform where different creators can be highlighted and celebrated is a great place to start. An environment that focuses on community over competition and helping artists find their voices is pretty awesome.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
At the moment, @messyeverafter on Instagram is the best place to connect with my work. You can also check out my online store and blog through my website messyeverafter.com
I will be displaying at the Carlsbad Music Festival from August 24th-26th and participating in the Oceanside First Friday Art Walk on Sept. 7th. I’m hoping to line up many more local events in the near future. I literally just moved to California at the end of June so I’m still working my way into the art scene.
- Address: Oceanside, CA
- Website: messyeverafter.com
- Email: Kelly@messyeverafter.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/messyeverafter/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/messyeverafter/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/messyeverafter
First photo of me with blue pieces in the background: Barb Kellogg Photography.