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South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

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Artist Statement

I love color. Bright and cheery, dark and creepy, I love it all. I enjoy putting colors together and watching them play with each other. They jump off the canvas and make it breathe -- giving the art life. I am fascinated by the first touch of paintbrush to canvas and the complex interactions each stroke has with the next.

I love the outdoors. A breath of air after the rain, the warmth of the sun on my skin, the sounds of the forest, the taste of wild mulberries, the view of the sunset from the top of the mountain, the sheer joy I experience while riding my bicycle. It is now, has always been, and will always be my inspiration to enjoy life. These inspirations are what drive me to create art. In doing so, I hope to share my vision of what surrounds us, and create art for the world to enjoy.

-Kelli Greentree

Process

"Square Landscape 43", oil on canvas

I start my oil paintings by covering the entire canvas with black gesso. Then, typically working from photos, I use the oil paints to “color in” the individual objects such as a cloud, tree, or rock. The outlines of the objects are left unpainted, created by letting the black gesso layer show through.  The finished work looks like an illustrative painting.

 

My acrylic paintings use bold colors to help create a whimsicle feeling. The images are a combination of my imagination with references to real-life objects.

"Wisconsin Farm 28 ", acrylic on wood