Frank (FKJ Art Gallery) Kelley, Jr.

My paintings of rural, celebrated jazz, and life experiences are reflected through my work. My paintings are viewed through the eyes of a storyteller and for others who have or feel a need to express themselves in the form of visualization. I paint old and new, today and yesterday, sorrow and happiness, struggle, hope, and togetherness and love. I have been painting for several years and traveling around the globe. One reason I love art is because it identifies part of who we are. My style is contemporary filled with creative imagination. A song, a vision, elderly man or woman, a trip, or even a historic landmark depicts some of my creative styles. Art gives me a sense of escape, but also a belonging. I paint only what I can feel and imagine. My favorite medium is acrylic on paper or canvas. I paint several consecutive pieces at one time. In completing this kind of array, it's like being in the zone or vein. To understand this concept, you would have to be an artist. This is truly a gift from God. "I thank him everyday for my life."


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