Artist's Story: Kelly Ventura

You know what we love about watercolors? How effortless they look despite the careful patience and skill they require. Kelly Ventura's paintings are no exception. Read on to learn more about the thought and skill that goes into her light, bright compositions. (Spoiler alert: make sure you make it to the end for details on a lovely giveaway!)

Photos by Elaine Melko

Photos by Elaine Melko

Name: Kelly Ventura
Occupation: Fine Artist/Designer
Art Medium: Watercolor
Favorite studio tool/supply: Winsor & Newton watercolors, sewing machine
Artists you love: Henri Matisse, Karina Bania, Jeff Depner
Sources of inspiration: Everyday surroundings
Favorite time to paint: Early afternoon when good light is streaming in my studio

How did you come to be an artist? Graduated with BFA in Fine Art; Painting/Drawing. Worked as a surface/product designer for gift/home wholesaler in Chicago for 5+ years... I churned out my fair share of snowmen and seasonal icons. I started my own company in 2011. I love the opportunity to work with a wide range of companies while staying true to my own style and brand. 

@kellyventuradesign

@kellyventuradesign

Kelly Ventura

What does your average day look like? Wake up and get boys ready for school/childcare. Drop off at school/childcare. Head home to start working. Sidetracked by dishes/laundry. Work more. Stray from list and paint. Work more. Prep dinner. Pick up boy 1 from school. Pick up boys 2 & 3 from child care. The hours of 5-8pm are the wild, unpredictable ones; dinner, homework, meltdowns and bedtime happen, but not in any specific order.

How would you describe your creative process/how do you go about making art? Some days I feel like a robot; creating patterns or paintings for a specific project or client. Other days are for exploring and creating for the sake of creating and growing. 

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"Some days I feel like a robot; creating patterns or paintings for a specific project or client. Other days are for exploring and creating for the sake of creating and growing."

 

What is the hardest part about being a creative entrepreneur? Finding balance between work and home life. Life with three boys 5 and under is busy and wonderful, so I need to be mindful that my work happens while they are in school/childcare.

What tips would you give someone looking to buy art? Find a piece with personal meaning to you.

What would you say to someone who is convinced they lack creativity or artistic ability? Keep going. Keep painting/drawing/doing what you love and you'll find your stride. It takes time and the rejection and self-doubt are part of that personal growth you need to succeed. 

And now... a giveaway!

"Cora" by Kelly Ventura in Irvine Slim. 

"Cora" by Kelly Ventura in Irvine Slim

This piece just screams Spring, don't you think? To help get you excited for warmer weather and blossoming buds we're giving away the beautiful piece you see above. To enter, head on over to Facebook and leave a comment on the post telling us why you love it. Winner will be announced 3.8.16 at 12 PM EST.  


And after you enter don't forget to check out more of Kelly's work on her website and Instagram