Kelly Elizabeth Claeys
Mixed Media Artist
“The meaning of life is to find your gift.
The Purpose in life is to give it away.”
My creativity has fought its way out of me since birth. I have tried to “be” other things, but I always come back to me, the artist. Over a lifetime, I have learned to embrace it, channel it, and find outlets to put it out into the world. I am primarily a mixed media artist, which in plain terms, I put “stuff” on my artwork. It must have some 3D element to it. A sparkle, a gem, a shell, shards of glass, the list goes on. Anything not nailed down may find its way to a piece. I found an unlikely niche in painting and adorning mermaids on wood and I have spent the last four years bringing mermaids “to life” in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. It’s an amazing feeling, and a validating one, when my art began to sell. For actual money and to hangs on someone’s wall. I know a piece of me resides in it, my struggles and my triumphs,
because they are engrained in every brush stroke.
Art IS therapy. I am still discovering who I am in my personal life, in this body I was gifted, but what I do know is what I am.
I am an artist.
Peace and love,
Kelly E. Claeys