Biography & Artist Statement
Artist Kelly Williams had been heavily involved in Portland's art community for well over a decade. Working primarily in encaustic and oils, she explores and experiments in both style and scale, constantly challenging herself to find a contemporary voice for timeless experiences and current issues. She is collected and shown both locally and nationally, curated multiple large-scale exhibitions, and been interviewed for multiple publications. She also has been featured on both radio and television programs about her unique approach and philosophy towards her personal art and her community impact. Art for social change and personal growth are keystones to her approach to her advocacy projects. Having received several RACC grants, she has developed community projects working with homeless youth in the P:EAR Program with the Crossroads Project, as well as those affected by addiction in the Recovery Panes Project. She continues to educate and mentor both the amateur and professional artist in using art as a personal and creative development tool. This focus on exploring social issues, personal narrative and psychological inquiry fuel the deep meaning and wide range of her powerful personal art.