Kelly Walston's Profile

About

I was born in San Diego, grew up in the Los Angeles area and later returned to San Diego to study art at UCSD. Due to the close proximity to Mexico, I have always been heavily influenced by Mexican Folk Art, incorporating the highly detailed and colorful Oaxacan style into my own artwork. During and after college I worked with children's museums in the San Diego and Pasadena areas, creating programs for children. I have also taught children, ages 3 – 15, at various art centers in this area.
In addition to Mexican folk art, my work with children has played a significant role in developing my style. Kids display the freedom to paint purple cows, pigs with roller skates, and flying lizards if it suits them. The whimsical feel of my work has been directly influenced by the children I've come in contact with. Now that I’m a mom, my daughters Emma and Abby inspire me with their unbridled enthusiasm and creativity. I am…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 7
  • Joined March 15, 2011

Favorite materials

Fabric, beads, paint, found objects, broken jewelry, ribbon, jute, dye, canvas, tooling foil, wire, wood, sharpee markers

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About

I was born in San Diego, grew up in the Los Angeles area and later returned to San Diego to study art at UCSD. Due to the close proximity to Mexico, I have always been heavily influenced by Mexican Folk Art, incorporating the highly detailed and colorful Oaxacan style into my own artwork. During and after college I worked with children's museums in the San Diego and Pasadena areas, creating programs for children. I have also taught children, ages 3 – 15, at various art centers in this area.
In addition to Mexican folk art, my work with children has played a significant role in developing my style. Kids display the freedom to paint purple cows, pigs with roller skates, and flying lizards if it suits them. The whimsical feel of my work has been directly influenced by the children I've come in contact with. Now that I’m a mom, my daughters Emma and Abby inspire me with their unbridled enthusiasm and creativity. I am also inspired by the minute details in nature – the texture of a leaf, the intricate center of a flower and the myriad of colors within a single plant. I love the idea of taking a cross section of a garden and examining every detail.
My most recent creation is a series of sculptures called ‘Garden Glimpses’. They are ‘glimpses’ of various gardens created from fabric, beads, metal and found objects. My mom introduced me to quilting several years ago and I've quickly become a bonafide quilting addict and fabric collector. I have incorporated traditional machine pieced, quilted borders onto my paintings, as well as hand quilting around the main painted images to give them some dimension. I’ve just recently begun applying the same quilting techniques to my floral sculptures. My years of being a pack rat are finally coming to fruition with these sculptures as I’m able to use broken jewelry, glass globs and other odds and ends for fine detail. These sculptures and my more recent paintings are the culmination of my love of quilting, sculpting, gardening, painting and collecting.

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