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About the Artist

I'M KELSEY SHOWALTER

I am a mixed media artist living in Morgantown, Pennsylvania. When I create I feel a sense of communion with something greater that I don't find anywhere else. That communion is meaningful to me in a way that's hard to put into words. That's what keeps me stepping up to the easel again and again.

I recently heard someone draw a comparison between charcoal and ashes and how it points to the beauty that can be found in the transience and fragility of life. I really love that. In my work, you will often see areas of cheerful or drippy color overlapping with sections of gritty charcoal and it reminds me that it takes both the lovely and the difficult parts of life to make something meaningful in the end. 

It’s fascinating and slightly mysterious to me that one piece of artwork can be viewed by multiple people and each person can find a different meaning or message in it. And the meanings we each take away can be so impactful! The viewer puts the finishing touches on each piece of art by deriving their own meaning or message from what they’re seeing. To me, that’s part of the magic of art. I love that the creation doesn’t stop with me. Each person who appreciates what I’ve put my hands to gets to finish the creation process in the viewing of it. Thank you for having a look and supporting what I do!


Inspiration

I've always felt most at home in nature and with animals and both things feature heavily in my artwork. 

I love the texture, contrast, and edgy nature of charcoal and worked with it quite a bit when I first started out but I also feel really drawn to color. As a kid, I used to love the crazy color of all the Lisa Frank animals in the 90s and I think that love of color is kind of bleeding through into my own work. 

THe Art

My current work focuses on ways to combine the gritty texture of charcoal and the vibrant color that can be obtained with watercolor and acrylic paint. It's a mixed media process that I've found both intriguing and challenging. The end result is expressive looking and often features rainy looking drips and splatters layered with ethereal sections of transparent color and stark charcoal mark making. 

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EXHIBITS & AWARDS

   2022 - Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre Gallery Solo Show

   2022 - Art Plus Featured Artist Exhibit

   2022 - LCAA Garden Show Honorable Mention

   2022 - LCAA Membership Show Second Place

   2021 – Berks Art Alliance Juried Show 

   2020 – Berks Art Alliance Juried Show

   2019 – Annex 24 - Lancaster, Pa

   2018 – Berks Art Alliance Juried Show

   2018 - Steinmetz Gallery

REPRESENTATION

   The Speckled Sheep - Bird in Hand, Pa

EDUCATION

   Associate of Applied Science

   Montgomery County Community College

   Web Design and Development

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