BILLIE KELLEY, Artist
Art was not taught in my small high school, but I always wanted to try my hand at painting. A few years after I was married, my friend and I signed up for an evening course in oil painting. At the second session the art instructor told me "Mrs. Kelley, you are wasting your time and mine". Needless to say, I lost my desire to try painting. When
my two children were small, I decided I was just going to paint, bought the necessary supplies and jumped in! The very first still life I painted in oil, a wine bottle, copper teakettle, and fruit, surprised both me and my husband. It is still hanging in my house.
My husband and I moved to Fairfield Glade in 2000 and we both joined the Art Guild in 2001. I later signed up for one of the watercolor classes being taught and fell in love with the medium. It is not as forgiving as oil or casein but much more challenging. After several more classes I started having trouble with my eyes and had to drop out of the class. I had developed macular degeneration. I had to give up apinting, driving and my independence. However, I still wanted to paint, so I started doing abstracts using acrylic paint. My first abstract painting I entered in the Art Guild's Spring Show and won a blue ribbon for "Peoples Choice Award". I have started working in clay and do a lot of feeling rather than seeing. I love art and am determined to do what I can.