Kelly Ingram

Kelly, how did you get involved in art?

Art has always been part of my life, as my mum is an artist and she used to take me to her art classes from when I was very young.

Do you think your background influences your art work? If yes, in what way? If not, what influences your art work?

I think everything that has happened in my life has influenced my art in some way, as it’s brought me to
the person I am today. I had a very happy childhood, and have always loved colour, which is clearly visible
in the pieces I create, with cheerful and vibrant vibes jumping off the canvas.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

A lot of my inspiration comes from either nature – with most of my subject matters being flowers and birds, or
words – song lyrics and poetry help me with the mood I’m trying to portray through colour use and the paper
pieces I use throughout the canvas.

I grew up surrounded by art. My grandmother painted
beautiful ceramics, and my mum covered our walls in art.

Do you have a favourite artist, or someone that you feel influences your inspirations?

Early days for me! I have a few years left of University study, but I plan to keep my creative endeavours alive and kicking. Sounds very cliché but balance is the key.

Do you ever get inspirational blocks? What do you do about them?

Henri Matisse has been a favourite of mine since I was a teenager. I love his use of colour and the techniques
he applied in his art

If you could have dinner with any artist in the world, who would it be and why?

I definitely get inspirational blocks! When that happens, I step back from the canvas I am working with and start something new – throwing ink around a canvas is a great way to feel free with my creating, and it brings back some freedom to my mind, which then helps with the flow of my art.

Did you always want to be an artist growing
up? Were you encouraged or supported to be an
artist

Being an artist is actually quite a new thing for me, although I have always wanted to work in a creative field. As a teenager I considered going into interior design,and even more recently, I’ve studied textile design. But it wasn’t until I did a course with Tracy Verdugo in October 2016, with my mum, that I rediscovered my love for the canvas and from there, have started pursuing a work life in the arts

Download the rest of Kelly’s Q&A in our September 2018 issue.