Description Sometimes I attempt a painting just to see if I have the patience and technical skills to pull it off. Wicker, a patterned rug, a multitude of books...there were no easy areas in this painting except for the wall. I worked on it throughout the first year that Jeff and I were married. In the painting, I have just moved into Jeff's house (and life). A jumble of my things awaits organization beneath the stairs, and my cat Bunny basks happily in the sun, untroubled by the presence of her new brother and sister. Jeff and I are reading Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, and our books share the shelves behind us. I don't even want to know how many hours I invested in this painting. Note: occasionally I like to sign my paintings as Kelly Carroll. This is my married name and I write it on things that will not leave our house.
Kelly Eddington, St. Joseph, IL Member Since February 2012 Artist Statement Ever since I was a child messing around with a terrible paint set from K-mart, I have been obsessed with controlling pigment suspended in water. Now I paint with beautiful, hand-made watercolors along with brushes ranging from high-end to dirt cheap, but the obsession remains. I create large, highly realistic portraits, still lifes, and landscapes using the most unpredictable, unstable, and unforgiving medium known to man. My paintings are time-consuming and sometimes backbreaking. I have always tried to take watercolor as far as it can go, and as a result my work resembles oil paintings in terms of color richness and detail. Hearing my viewers say, “THAT’S a watercolor?” always makes me smile.
I was an art teacher in two Illinois public high schools for seventeen years. Anyone who has ever been an art teacher with a limited budget knows that it is a profession that stretches a person's creativity to the absolute limit. Effective art teachers must know their subject inside and out and strive to develop their own artistic visions as they teach others. I feel that teaching has made me a better artist. I used to devote each year's "off-season" to creating my meticulous watercolors, and now I’m happy to produce them year round and offer them as prints on Imagekind!