My pieces in this exhibition are a part of a larger series of daily landscape painting studies. Painting daily, most often landscapes specifically, has been a practice for me for the last three and a half years. For me, this practice is not only a study in understanding landscapes but also taking time throughout my day to look at and appreciate the beautiful landscapes in my immediate neighborhood. Battle Creek is a preferred subject matter for this painting series, as it is one of my favorite local parks. Through these regular studies, I appreciate how the landscape changes over time, from season to season, at different times of day, and in different weather. I hope looking at these paintings encourages you, the viewer, to visit your local park and appreciate how different it can look every single day.
The medium I use to create these paintings is gouache - a fairly old form of paint that is essentially an opaque watercolor. They are portable, water-soluble and convenient for painting outdoors, making it easy for me to walk or bike to a location with my entire painting setup in my small backpack.
Kelsey King is a freelance illustrator, painter, and educator located in Dayton’s Bluff in St Paul. MN. She holds a BFA in Illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Kelsey’s illustration work has appeared in magazines both local and international, books for both adults and children, and on products and clothing sold across the country. Kelsey’s passion for illustration lies in depicting the beauty of the natural world, focusing on landscapes, the changing seasons, and how we interact with wild spaces. Her goal in the work she creates is to spread awareness and foster appreciation for the natural spaces around us, from urban parks and trees to vast wilderness.