Born and raised in Nova Scotia, I left the Canadian Navy after 14 years of service and went out West to Calgary to acquire my Bachelor of Interior Design at Mount Royal University. At this time I took various art classes such as perspective drawing, colour theory and watercolour techniques and fell in love with art again. I joined several art groups and showed at the Triangle gallery in downtown Calgary. I moved back home to Nova Scotia in 2007 and got serious about my painting quickly thereafter
I paint in both acrylic and oils and mostly create contemporary floral and scenery pieces with the knife. I use a heavy palette of bright hues and I tend to paint large - 24x48 gallery canvases are my favourite. I often shape my composition and forms as I paint - this allows me more freedom and an actual bond is created between me and my work. It comes to be as I paint - I like that.
"You paint because it feels good so swing easy kid." These simple words from Jean Mosher, my grandmother and teacher, have been the mantra for my life.Kelly Mitchelmore