Testimonial by James O. Young
Roberta Flack’s song “Killing Me Softly” describes what I felt when I first viewed Kelli’s work. “Jungle” pierced my soul as it perfectly portrayed my life with its bold colors and intersecting brush strokes.
Kelli’s vision transcends that of most of us. She holds a treasury of experiences and ideas that comes from far beyond her own experiences. The gift of her diversity gives her the ability to paint something for each of us. When you discover yourself in her work, there will be a visceral reaction..
The highs and lows of the human journey are found in the quality of her rich brush strokes, and rainbow of techniques. Words fail to convey the sculpted, oil paint, arrangement that can only be fully appreciated through her original work in person. Travels have taken me to every continent except Africa. Personally, I have visited most museums of Europe, and North & South America seeing the gamut of ancient to modern art. I have stood before Renoir, Monet, Manet, van Gogh, Vermeer, and other world masters. Honestly, the depth of Kelli’s work is unmatched.
No artist sees my soul as Kelli does. Her work has me returning over and over. Now having collected a second, and third of her paintings, I anticipate they will not be my last.
-James O. Young