Lily is a self-taught painter working in oil and mixed media to create color-saturated seascapes and abstracts. A native Floridian, born in Miami in 1981, whose first career was working with refugees in the Middle East, Lily approaches each painting with a deep respect for sense of place. Growing up in Florida, she was always longing to be elsewhere, and the idea of “elsewhere” gained mythic proportions in her imagination. As an adult with freedom of place, she is especially enthralled by the feelings that different locations can give us, both physical and universal.
Lily attended Bowdoin College and Harvard University, and only has two measly art classes on her resume to show for it. What she does credit is her lifelong (since age 10) meditation practice as a way to tune in and receive guidance towards her highest work. This work has been featured in several podcasts, Cape Cod Life Magazine, The Vineyard Gazette, and Artsy, and is on the All She Makes and Create Magazine directories. Her upcoming solo show will be on view at The Feldman Center on Martha’s Vineyard from May 24th to June 20th.
Lily’s art practice takes the tensely intertwined feelings of freedom and nostalgia and works them together in full color on canvas. Her driving belief is that all paintings are infused with the energy of place, thought, and artist, and grow and evolve in meaning depending on the unique context of each viewer. One of her driving motivations is to show others, either implicitly by example or explicitly through working with them, that our desires are solid ground to stand on, and there is so much magic waiting for us when we choose to consistently move towards those desires. You can view her work on: lilykellerart.com