Featured Artist Kelly Quinn

Passionate about conservation, artist Kelly Quinn uses her talent to create stunning images of the wildlife and landscape of her native Florida. Learn more about her mission and her art by visiting her website.

 

“Refined Presence” Acrylic on Canvas, 10” x 20”by artist Kelly Quinn. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Refined Presence” Acrylic on Canvas, 10” x 20”

 

I’m Kelly Quinn, a wildlife artist and conservationist living in the wetlands of Kissimmee, Florida. I’m also the Artist in Residence at The Florida Aquarium and when not painting or bird watching, I’m using art to connect our local community to awesome wild places. My curiosity and passion for nature was sparked by my family’s love of the outdoors. We would spend hours exploring the flood plains and ridges of central Florida, surrounded by deer, bobcats, alligators and birds of all kind.

 

“Explorer” Acrylic on Canvas, 24” x 18” by artist Kelly Quinn. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Explorer” Acrylic on Canvas, 24” x 18”

 

There would be this rush of excitement every time I saw an animal or found a beautiful flower. For as long as I can remember, I’ve felt like I belonged in this crazy, weird and awesome place called nature.

 

“Guardian” Acrylic on Canvas, 40” x 30” by artist Kelly Quinn. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Guardian” Acrylic on Canvas, 40” x 30”

 

So where does the art come in? I believe art is meant to connect you to a story. It’s also the way I express myself and how I interpret our world—my passion and what inspires the artwork has always been nature.

 

“Protector” Acrylic on Canvas, 36” x 36”by artist Kelly Quinn. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Protector” Acrylic on Canvas, 36” x 36”

 

In my case, each artwork is created to share the abundance of life found in the wild places of Florida! Since I was three years old, the wildlife in Florida has influenced my creative spirit, and ever since I’ve been drawing and painting anything and everything that piques my interest.

 

“Blue Dynamite” Acrylic on Canvas, 36” x 24” by artist Kelly Quinn. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Blue Dynamite” Acrylic on Canvas, 36” x 24”

 

After graduating from the University of Florida in 2016, my best friend and partner in crime, Blake Wheeler, inspired me to follow my dreams. He knew I wanted to use my artwork as a tool for conservation and he helped me see I could be the change I wanted to see in the world. Growing up, I saw the harmful effects of poor environmental management in Kissimmee, and I realized that much of why it was happening was because there was this disconnect between my community and the environment that I loved so much.

 

“Curiosity” Acrylic on Canvas, 36” x 48” by artist Kelly Quinn. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Curiosity” Acrylic on Canvas, 36” x 48”

 

Today, it is my mission to use art and my voice to connect people to the wildlife and wild places that need our protection.

 

“Florida Gator” Acrylic on Canvas, 40” x 30” by artist Kelly Quinn. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Florida Gator” Acrylic on Canvas, 40” x 30”

 

With the help of passionate people and organizations, I believe we can create a beautiful future for nature and people.

 

“Gentle Traveler” Acrylic on Canvas, 48” x 36” by artist Kelly Quinn. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Gentle Traveler” Acrylic on Canvas, 48” x 36”

 

Partnered with The Florida Aquarium, we are creating a plan to share the wilds with our community through the development of an Artist in Residence program and community Arts Program. We also have launched “Paint in The Wild” classes that support local non-profits, parks and preserves with the completion of each class!

 

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Comments

  1. Awesome work. Love the Protector.

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