As a native of West Texas in the United States, Kelly spent many of her younger years teaching herself to paint by studying the works of Georgia O’Keefe, Frida Kahlo, the Old Masters and the Pre Raphaelites. When she realized her artistic calling in life, she pursued further education at Texas Tech University, where she received a BFA in Studio Art/Painting in 2011. In 2012, Kelly moved from Texas to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she currently resides.
Kelly is currently an MFA Candidate with Transart Institute with a strong studio interest in representational oil painting (figurative and portraiture) while exploring other painterly methods through stitching and embroidery. Presently, her work is centered around her youngest son who is autistic and nonverbal. Kelly's son is an incredibly fascinating child who keeps Kelly inspired as a painter and as a mother. For Kelly, the work and process of concentrated and detailed painting has always been a way of understanding herself and life. So, it is only natural that the elements of parenthood, personhood, and most importantly, communication development within the constraints of autism reveal themselves in her studio practice and research.