Charlotte Kelly was born and lives in Galway. While practising as a nurse she completed her N.D.A.D. in 2002. In June 2005 she resigned from her nursing career to paint and draw full time. Drawing is the key factor to all of her work. Strong influences of Séan McSweeney, Patrick Collins and Tony O’Malley are evident in her landscape paintings. Charlotte’s work has evolved from the traditional to the abstract. Today she paints mainly in oils on canvas but enjoys the versatility of inks. Using both materials is exciting and requires taking risks.
Charlotte finds it spiritually gratifying to express herself through her paintings, working with oil paints, mixing the colours, considering the texture and letting her imagination take over. Charlotte has exhibited extensively throughout Ireland in solo and group exhibitions.
“In the work of Charlotte Kelly that I love, light becomes an event. Landscapes are evoked with such subtlety and strangeness… as though they were creations of the light itself. Somehow she manages to imbue them with an aura of true emergence; it is as if they were seeing themselves for the first time in light, pushing and probing it until the painting becomes utterly haunting and memorable” – John O’Donohue, poet and philosopher.