Kelly
illustrator and performing artist

Tell us more about your illustrations that you're exhibiting at the FLATSstudio pop up.

"Hi-Fi Floral" and "Floral Cactus Blossoms" are from a series I did of local and up-and-coming musicians. In this series, I was influenced a bit by folk (and some pop) vinyl jackets from the 1950s and 1960s.
(RSVP to the FLATSstudio pop-up on Friday, June 1st from 8-10 pm here.)

What drives your creative energy and how does it change from day to day?

Variety! I have my hand in a number of creative pots, for example, when I am not illustrating I am also a performer and circus/aerial artist. There definitely are days when I just don't have the creative energy for one or more of the vehicles I am working on and when that happens I try to get as much inspiration I can from outside sources, media, books, music, etc. (Also, I tend to have way more creative energy when the sun is out and warmth is in the air.) I have frequently been told I am a "Renaissance Woman".

What do you do for a living?

Illustrator and Performing Artist

How would you define your personal style?

Midcentury Wes Anderson with a touch of Utilitarian

What's your ideal road trip?

Driving somewhere Southwest. Or to a coast.

Which past era intrigues you the most and why?

The 1950s and early 1960s. For style: "The Gamine" - Audrey Hepburn, Edie Sedgwick, Jean Seberg, and Jean Shrimpton all had huge influences on me growing up. For design: Midcentury Modern (MCM). I love Lane and vintage MCM Danish furniture and Haeger pottery. The fashion illustration from this era also has influenced my work greatly, particularly Edith Head and Miles White.

What movie prop do you wish you owned?

The scythe from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the series, not the film).

I jam out to ...

Van Halen, Margo Price, JD McPherson, Ryan Adams, Beyonce, The Ventures, Michael Jackson, Lemuria, David Bowie, The Cactus Blossoms (not sure if "jam" is the right word for some of these artists!)

On Friday nights you can find me...

If I am not performing or gigging on a Friday I might be enjoying a craft cocktail or a bourbon somewhere in Uptown or Andersonville.

Can’t live without...

Coffee. Music. Family.

Why Chicago?

There are so many opportunities in the arts to pursue in Chicago, whether visual, performance or other. I also love the mix of people here, the genuine nature of the city, and the lakefront.

In your apartment: What are your favorite furnishings or art pieces? Do you know where you got them and/or who designed or created them?

My desk is a salvaged MCM Lane entry table from the early 1950s. Most of the frames I have (and the beautiful oval mirror above my desk) are from Antique Picture Frames LTD. - my grandfather's (now father's) antique frame shop in Niles, IL. Most are dated between 1890 and 1940. I have a MCM Barrel Back Cane chair that I reupholstered a few summers ago (which was a process that involved my hands getting seriously ripped up!) I repainted it and gave it a tropical/tiki cushion. I also love my accent wall of vintage hats!
"Hi-Fi Floral" and "Floral Cactus Blossoms" are from a series I did of local and up-and-coming musicians. In this series, I was influenced a bit by folk (and some pop) vinyl jackets from the 1950s and 1960s.
I have my hand in a number of creative pots, for example, when I am not illustrating I am also a performer and circus/aerial artist.
I describe my style as Midcentury Wes Anderson with a touch of Utilitarian.

More people

Want to be featured?

Sign up