Kelly’s endless fascination with distant vistas, endless fields, free-flowing streams and distant mountains started when she traveled across the western US with her family on road trips to visit family or a cabin in the San Juan Islands – and have become a consistent theme of Kelly’s work today. The pathways and waterways depicted in many of her paintings tell the story of her own life journey – with its joys and pain, healing and resolve.
Collectors all over the country see their own life journey in Kelly Sooter’s compelling contemporary landscapes. In fact, it’s not unusual for Kelly to get a call from a gallery owner telling her that someone cried while looking at a painting, purchased it, had their hotel hang it in their room before shipping it to their home across the country. They saw their own hopes and journey depicted in Kelly’s imagery.
Unable to find a classic art education – Kelly chose to study with four European Masters over a 20 year period. Each master ingrained centuries-old techniques – forming the foundation of her work. Her most recent study was with Nancy Bush – an internationally known landscape artist and expert in creating mood and atmosphere. However, Kelly says that nature itself is the best teacher.
Created primarily on oil-primed canvas, Kelly prefers using high-grade oil paint that is hand-ground pure pigment mixed with linseed oil and beeswax – the same recipe used by European artists for centuries.