One of my favorite things growing up were the kitty stretches I would see when my cat was begging to go outside. Whenever I stood by our glass slider, my cat would join me, balancing on her back toes stretching her front paws waist level next to me on the glass. I feel like these dogs are sharing my cat’s sentiments, and can almost hear their thoughts: “can we go out now? please??”
I was excited to get this commission from my usual hairdresser at Talking Headz in Philadelphia, after getting on the subject of art during my latest trim. Lesson learned: commissions can turn up in the least expected places!
Relaxing outside on a wicker chair for a sunny day, it looks like Smokey found himself a good spot to unwind! I was excited to memorialize this great guy in a commission for a friend.
Receiving commissions is one of my favorite things, and this was the painting that started them all in Philadelphia!
Last fall, my friend Tori, of Tori Collins Photography, commissioned this portrait of her longtime kitty friends, Maine and Miss Midnight. This painting rejuvenated my interest in pursuing painting as a career, and here I am today with several more commissions under way. Thanks a bunch, Tori!
I loved making this painting! The idea behind this image was inspired by memories of my childhood, and also by seeing Lily of the Valley peeking out of a garden in West Philadelphia. Lily of the Valley has always reminded me of Massachusetts, both because my parents had a patch of them growing in the backyard alongside trillium and jack-in-the-pulpit, and because I always saw them on the forest trials that my grandpa maintained behind his house.
Lily of the Valley is native to Europe and Asia, as well as North America. It’s sometimes used as an ornamental flower, and loves to grow wild in light-filled forests and along woodland edges.
One of my favorite sights when birding is seeing a Nuthatch crawling upside down along a tree trunk, hunting for food. I see these birds around the city, in urban parks as well as more remote locations like the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge. White-Breasted Nuthatches are an avian species native to North America.
This painting is the loose copy of a photo taken by Alex Zorach in Newark, Delaware. Alex is a knowledgeable birder, who has donated a group of his bird photos to me. I recommend looking at his website, as he shares many of his photos and knowledge online.
Alex and I both record the data from our birding trips with eBird, a valuable resource for bird tracking run by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Birders who record their data on eBird contribute to the study of bird species and conservation efforts around the world.
My name is Kelsey, I’m an artist in Philadelphia, and this is my blog.
I love painting nature and animals, especially horses, but I don’t like to limit myself in my work. I’m inspired by the world around me and love to paint what I see, so my work also includes city-scapes and human portraiture, alongside my nature work. I love painting pets as well, especially capturing their personalities and their relationships with other animals and people they live with.