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KELLI FOLSOM




Aspen Trio

12" x 9" oil on panel
$1200



Foggy Beach Stroll

6" x 8" oil on panel
$600



Mossy Coastal

6" x 8" oil on panel
$600



Newport Beach Ship

6" x 8" oil on panel
$600



Laguna Night Lights

6" x 8" oil on panel
$600



Dingy Boat in Newport

8" x 6" oil on panel
$600



San Juan Capistrano Mission

12" x 9" oil
$1000



Treasure Island Rock

14" x 11" oil
$1200



Crystal Cove Cottages

12" x 9" oil
$1000



Tea Time

10" x 8" oil
$850



Reading Time

10" x 8" oil
$850



Chrysanthemums in Silver

16" x 20" oil
$2600



Yellow Roses

24" x 12' oil
$2600



Pink Pear Blossoms

24" x 12" oil
SOLD



Nectarines and Glass

24" x 12" oil on linen
$2400



Apple Butter Bucket

16" x 20" oil
$2500



Santa Fe Sunrise

6" x 6" oil on panel
SOLD



Lake Hefner Boats, Afternoon

6" x 8" oil
$395


Raised in the panhandle of Texas and southeastern Oklahoma, Kelli Folsom’s love of creating art began as a young girl spending her free time drawing and copying other artist’s work on the floor of her childhood bedroom. “I always found drawing to be a source of peace and joy. It was not merely an enjoyable activity, but a place inside of me that I could go anytime as long as I had pencil and paper.” The inspiration she received from her grandmother’s paintings and drawings, as well as other artists, coupled with her inherent desire to create, planted a seed that would later lead her to studying art full-time.

Kelli received her B.F.A. from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in 2011. She has also studied at the Gage Academy and under artists: Sherrie McGraw and Leah Lopez. In 2011, she was the recipient of the John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship through the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Musuem. Kelli’s passion for the old masters and the joy she takes from in depth life study strengthens her work as a young emerging artist. Her greatest pleasure is being in the studio painting and sharing learning experiences with other artists.

In response to the question “What keeps you committed to the path of an artist?” Kelli says, “This is how I choose to understand and explore this life and I am gratefully rewarded in growth every day. I hope that others will be able to experience the beauty that I have perceived.”


ARTIST STATEMENT:

What compels me to create is an interaction with nature. The beauty of light, color, shape, and atmosphere provides me with a stronger connection to the world around me. I translate my experience into an intimate and inviting two dimensional format through the language of painting. When approaching a painting I am continuously humbled by the complexity of what I see, and pleasantly surprised by the simplicity that is at once revealed through understanding. I allow myself to let go of the boundaries to trust my instincts to lead me to something new, all the while savoring the sumptuous qualities of oil paint.

EDUCATION
B.F.A., Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, 2011

EXHIBITIONS AND SHOWS


2011
15th Annual Juried Competition Exhibition, American Women Artists, K. Newby Gallery, Tubac, AZ

21st Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Oil Painters of America, Evergreen Fine Art Gallery, Evergreen, CO

Open Small Works Exhibition, National Association of Women Artists, New York, NY

Small Works, Great Wonders, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK

Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional, Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA

Laumeister Fine Art Competition, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT

55th Regional Juried Show, Mystic Arts Center, Mystic, CT

Summer Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT

Old Lyme Landscapes: A Salute to our Fathers, Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT

Wethersfield Academy of Fine Arts Premier Art Competition, Wethersfield Academy for the Arts, Wethersfield, CT Jurors: Sherrie McGraw and Gregg Kreutz

Small Works Show, Bennington Arts Center, Bennington, VT

Senior Studio Exhibition, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, CT

The Junior League of Eastern Fairfield County 19th Annual Art Show, Burr Homestead, Fairfield, CT

Oklahoma Friendly - National Juried Show, Oklahoma Art Guild, Oklahoma City, OK

35th Annual Juried Student Show, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, CT

Members Annual Exhibition, Mystic Arts Center, Mystic, CT Award: Honorable Mention

19th Annual Associate Artist Exhibition, Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT

2010

Deck the Walls, Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme,CT

Feast the Eyes, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

Landscape Invitational, Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT

Laumeister Fine Art Competition, Bennington Arts Center, Bennington, VT, Juror: Sherrie McGraw

Summer Painting and Sculpture, Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT

The 54th Regional, Mystic Arts Center, Mystic, CT

Midsummer Arts Festival, Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT

Moroccan Delights Scholarship Benefit, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, CT

AWARDS

2011
Shirl Smithson Scholarship, Oil Painters of America, Crystal Lake, IL

Best of Show, Summer Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT

2nd Place, Wethersfield Academy of Fine Arts Premier Art Competition, Wethersfield Academy for the Arts, Wethersfield, CT Jurors: Sherrie McGraw and Gregg Kreutz

Artist in Residence - Bulgaria, Griffis Foundation, New London, CT

John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship, National Cowboy Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK

Honorable Mention, Members Annual Exhibition, Mystic Arts Center, Mystic, CT