Hi, I'm Kelly.
I am an artist specialising in fine art pencil drawings and portraits.
I am very privileged to live and work in the beautiful Dales area of North Yorkshire and take much inspiration from the beauty of the land around me.
I really enjoy drawing a diverse range of subjects – people, children, pets, wildlife, botanicals, buildings and places.
My preferred medium is graphite pencil. I've always loved working in pencil as I feel I'm able to capture the finer detail and character of my subjects, as well as the subtlety of expression and features.
I've always been creative, but it was in 2010, alongside building a rewarding career as a specialist palliative care nurse, that I began developing my skill in pencil drawing. I started accepting drawing commissions in 2014 and, encouraged by the wonderful feedback from those early commissions, I have been developing my business ever since. I now receive portrait and drawing commissions from around the world.
When drawing people or pets, my mission is not just to create an exact likeness, but also to sensitively capture the essence of their unique character - reflecting something of the individual person or pet that will touch the hearts of those who know the subject best.
If you’d like to know more about commissioning a pencil portrait or drawing please do get in touch.
In 2018, I started working on a series of botanical and wildlife pencil drawings. Then, working with a fine art printer I had them reproduced as a series of greeting cards and prints which sold really well.
So, in 2019 I created and launched my shop and haven’t looked back since! I also sell my greeting cards and prints in a number of craft shops, at art exhibitions and craft fairs across the country.
Since then I have been working on expanding my range of prints and greeting cards and I am now developing my skill in watercolour.
I donate a portion of the proceeds from all my product sales and commissions to support ethnic minorities in Burma.
Why Burma? In 2005/06, sponsored by the British Medical Association, I had the privilege of co-leading a health and nutrition programme amongst the Karen people in the jungles of South Eastern Burma.
Working with traditional birth attendants and local health workers, we were able to set up a small programme to improve the health of mothers and babies with the aim of reducing the infant mortality rate.
It was hugely impactful to spend time with families who had fled into the jungle to escape the civil war and to work with the Karen Health Department in setting the programme up.
Through contacts made on those trips, I have been able to stay connected with various projects on the ground in Eastern Burma and I now donate a percentage of my profits to support some of these projects.
More recently, I have been supporting a programme to develop a network of water pipes in villages in Mon State, meaning that the villagers no longer have to walk to the river to get water.