About the Artist: Julia Kelly
“Painting is expressing the excitement between what you feel and what you observe.”
A native of Provincetown, Massachusetts’ historic art colony for talent, such as Hans Hoffman and Eugene O’Neil, Julia Kelly grew up in an environment rich in subject matter and vivid light, inspired by a tradition of dedicated people whose names are well known in the world of art. Encouraged from childhood by her mother, artist Nancy Whorf Kelly, and born a fourth generation artist, Julia’s first instructor was Grandfather John Whorf, noted watercolorist. She received two scholarships to attend the Art Institute of Boston and afterwards taught at the Brookline Center for the Arts.
As an author, Julia has published memoirs of her childhood in “Feast and Famine Growing up Bohemian in Provincetown.” This 140-page hard covered book is filled with paintings and illustrations done by Julia and family members, along with stories of a unique childhood. It is an endeavor of love and a visual delight. More recently she has written, illustrated and published two children’s books: “A Crow in Grandma’s Kitchen” and “Victor,” a tale of an inspired dune mouse.
Enjoying an impressionist’s view of the world, she paints directly from nature and redesigns her ideas into large formats in the studio; Julia utilizes both watercolors and oils, where drawing, compositions, and color all play key roles in her works that can range in size of ten feet or more. Powerful compositions entice the viewer to linger in her Utopian vistas. It is the excitement and the passion she feels for nature and for color against color that gives her paintings the lively quality they possess.