April 1 – June 30, 2021
Biography & Artist Statement
Stead-based visual artist, Kelly Murray works with watercolours, alcohol ink, and acrylic on paper and canvas. The movement of water has a tranquil feeling to the artist, and she harbors the moments in Manitoba landscape paintings. Murray wants to draw the viewer into her paintings figuratively so that they can sense serenity in their own lives.
Nature’s peacefulness restores my soul. “Fluidity” is my series of paintings that expresses sanctuary to me. The beauty of creation brings tranquility which ebbs and flows through my life. In my landscape paintings I am stopping moments in time but maintaining flexibility in movement of the water. I preserve memories while the fluidity of time moves us all forward. In my paintings I can return to those moments to find sanctuary when my life flows too fast.
I like the flow of patterning in nature and reproduce it while simplifying and strengthening the patterns. The patterns in nature provide consistency and comfort to me. Through painting I access this sense of serenity.
Studio Tour & Artistic Questionnaire
Can you describe your daily/weekly art practice?
Primarily I devote my time to my craft on weekends and the occasional Monday due to my schedule. I search for the source of the image I am going to re-produce either live or via photo; prepare my tools; make sure I have an ample supply of materials that are needed and sit down to create.
What is your favourite part about your studio?
Two part answer here: the size of my space and the wall color. Once restrictions are lifted I can invite a friend to join me doing something we both love, for now I just spread out. The wall color is purple, my favorite color and it brings me joy.
What are your creative goals?
To challenge myself and constantly work at improving my skill. I’ve only been using watercolour for 1 year now so the use of tools and methods is still something I am expanding. I will continue to create paintings in series for upcoming exhibitions.
Artist Conversation Series: Kelly Murray and Dana Kletke