Kelly Kennedy-Rysavy, a native of North Carolina now resides in Tallahassee and St. George Island, Florida. Being primarily a self-taught artist, she feels her real growth developed with the decision to make art a full time commitment. Her work is held throughout the United States in private collections as well as resort hotels in Costa Rico and the Bahamas.
Kelly draws inspiration from the paintings of the Renaissance period. The subtle layering of rich earthy colors and the delicate play of light against form create a velvety texture that breathes life into the canvas. The unique texturing on the canvas creates an ornate tapestry where the viewer is compelled to reach into the surface and touch the figures to discover that they lay behind the delicate mist which veils the subject be it figurative or landscape.
"Viewer‘s should enjoy art without having to ask what is or is not acceptable. It should be above all a pleasurable, yet dramatically emotional experience. I want to create an environment with the canvas where the viewer can feel comfortable yet intimately drawn into my world. Each piece carries with it its own message. It could be the beginning of a fantasy, a meditation on form, light or color. The mystery is what creates the excitement. I want to capture the soul of the viewer so that they feel as though they were with me when I created the piece.