or

Artist Jo Ridge Kelley


An example of fine art by Jo Ridge Kelley

Photo of Jo Ridge Kelley




Biography


Artist Statement 
“I have only a desire to paint what is my own – wholly and completely from within – along with the offerings of the earth and her daily miracles of color and light. When I begin a painting, I take inspiration from a beautiful light, color, form or texture and then continue working through observation. But the painting soon takes on life of its own. More often, I end up choosing exaggerated and unexpected color relationships and compositions that reflect my emotional response more so than what I'm seeing in front of me. I find it much more satisfying to be guided as much by my imagination and memory as my eyes.”

About the Artist
Jo Ridge Kelley is a contemporary plein air oil painter and lives and works in Waynesville and Asheville, North Carolina.  Her studio-gallery,  is open to the public Thursday-Saturday, 136 North Main St., downtown Waynesville, NC.  Sunday - Wednesday by chance and appointment.Her work is continually influenced by her traditional background and the "plein air" experience, setting up her easel and capturing the immediate mood or drama of the moment.  Many of the classical masters, as well as contemporary master plein air painters,  have had a strong impact on her work.   Jo's curiosity, sincere appreciation of the natural world and desire to experiment with strong composition and design, have led her on an exciting journey with huge canvases and large brushes. "I feel it is essential for the artist to experiment and try new techniques.  This is how we grow, and let's hope we never stop growing!  I enjoy going back and forth between mediums, especially when creating small studies.  The exciting colors and textures that many times [...]

Read the rest of this bio on the artist's website >>




Content Copyright - Jo Ridge Kelley Fine Art