Highlighting ROAM Gallery Artist
Marilyn Kelm - Painter
Although always interested in pursuing a life of art, it wasn’t until I had a career change from nursing to fine art in 1990 that I decided the time was right, believing the motto “better late than never.” I have never looked back. I received my first three years training from the “ Fine Arts Program “at Fraser Valley University followed by two years at Comox Collage with various work shops following over the years. I believe one should never stop learning. Not knowing what I would love I tried most arts,oils,water, acrylic, pottery (decided I would never master that wheel) and lately paverpol sculpturing.
My journey as an artist has been one of experimenting with a wide assortment of mediums. I’ve been intrigued with the black and white photos of the 1920’s. The appeal for me is in the communication of the simplicity of life of that era. Women, their lives, and their relationships with their environment, have been a special exploration in my art. The use of mixed mediums gives me the freedom to explore, and go where the piece draws me. Whether it is the use of encaustic techniques or collaged articles allow the mediums to bring the final piece to life, and never know the final results until I arrive there. With each piece, my goal is to have others pause for a moment in their life, to enjoy a moment from the past life of another.
Having been introduced to a Denmark product called Paverpol, a non toxic, weathers outside all year round product where one can design any size which makes wonderful garden sculptures. I'm finding people find my small sculptures charming for the home and commission the pieces for wedding gifts,new babies or special occasions to remember.
My subjects are all over “the map” as I get bored painting only flowers or only landscape. I do not paint for the market but for my own enjoyment. Over the years my work has made it into other peoples walls and it does give me a sense of satisfaction. Family and friends seem to always get a good discount it still brings me pleasure.
Lately,I have gotten excited over palette knife painting and exploring Encaustic painting and expanding on what makes a good abstract.
ROAM Gallery - August, 2017
Turnbull Gallery - Fall/Spring
Exhibited in many small shows over the years.
Many of my canvas and sculptures have been sent to Montana and across B.C.
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