Enjoy painter Kim Ellery’s joyful collection of artwork, and visit her website to see more of her portfolio.
I was born in Rhode Island in 1963. I was twelve years old when I knew what I wanted from life. I wanted to be an artist and a Mom. During my younger years, I was a sculptor. I loved creating three dimensional work. However, things changed for me in 2004. It was then that I began painting.
It would take many years of playing with all the different types of paints and mediums before I would find my happy place. Oil paints, water colors, colored pencils, spray paint… if it was an art supply, I tried it! Today, I use mostly acrylic paints and an occasional oil based pastel and/or collage elements.
My method of painting is a mixture of the many workshops and knowledge I have collected throughout the years, along with the pure freedom of painting intuitively.
I have named my method of painting “Cloud Painting.” I basically start each painting with an under painting that looks like abstract graffiti that is bursting with colors. Then I look at the paint smears, splotches and splatters and see what image pops out at me… Just like when you lie on your back and dreamily look up at the clouds and find images of happiness. I look at the paint the same way. Hence, “Cloud Painting.”
Creating for me is not a choice, it is a necessity, like the air we breathe and the food we eat. I NEED to create. I am one of the many people who suffer with depression and anxiety. I believe that God gave me the gift of painting as a way to find inner peace.
A friend once told me that each painting should have meaning, a story that it tells. Otherwise the painting is empty and meaningless. I believe this to be true.
I find there is too much sadness and violence in this world. My purpose for painting is to make a difference and create a place of Joy and Love. My hopes and dreams are to leave this world a better place. To spread the Love, and for people to find their own stories in my paintings.