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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.

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 the real 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. That sense of mystery is what propels me to share what I do with the world.


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 tends toward impressionism and often features drips and splatters layered with transparent sections of color and charcoal mark making. 

career highlights

SOLO EXHIBITION

   2018 - Steinmetz Gallery

GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

   2021 – Berks Art Alliance Juried Show 

   2020 – Berks Art Alliance Juried Show

   2019 – Annex 24 - Lancaster, Pa

   2018 – Berks Art Alliance Juried Show

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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