Thursday, December 20, 2012

Artist Interview: Kelli Murray

Photos by Erica Schneider. Photos from Kelli Murray's blog

The first time I saw Kelli's work, I totally fell in love with its whimsical, yet modern and hip feel. Kelli is truly an artist that draws from her heart. Her love of nature and animals, as well as a sense of wonder come across beautifully in her artwork.

Kelli Murray is a freelance designer and artist from Encinias, California. The biography on her website reads: "Born in 1984 and raised in San Diego, CA, Kelli was drawn towards a creative life at a very young age. Middle daughter of three, she was always the one found drawing, imagining, or creating in one form or another."

"My Heart Carries Me Through" by Kelli Murray

I came up with three questions for Kelli based on what I see in her art and what I learned about her through researching her blog and website. I wanted to get closer to the heart and soul of who Kelli is as an artist rather than skimming on the surface with boring and typical questions.

BGJ: Your bio says that you were drawn towards a creative life at a very early age. I know that children always have favorite things to draw. What were some of little Kelli Murray's favorite things to draw?

Kelli: I've always loved to draw animals. Actually, growing up, I thought I wanted to be a veterinarian! We had a cat and a those were my two favorite animals to draw.

"Stay Close" by Kelli Murray
"Fox Dreams" by Kelli Murray
BGJ: There are many artists that are "technically" good, but their work falls flat because it has no soul. I can see your soul shining through in your work. Your art isn't just something to just look at, because it speaks. Where does that rare ability to breathe life into your work come from?

Kelli: Thank you! That is such a big compliment. I didn't go to school for fine art or illustration, so everything I know has been self-taught. When I began drawing and painting, it took some time to figure out my style and the things I enjoyed illustrating. And I would say I am still evolving and changing a lot  as an artist even today. But the things that I illustrated that I found myself enjoying were the things that came from a place of wonder, or happiness, or even hope in my own life. Whether it was simple things that I loved or had a personal connection to, or attempting to convey a deeper part of my heart through what I drew.

"Be Brave" by Kelli Murray

When Kelli debuted the illustration above on her blog, All Things Inspiring, she posted this quote along with it. I thought I would share...

"We are the silver lining in any and every dark cloud we could ever find. There is no need to go looking for the light when you bring it with you." -Tyler Knott Gregson

BJG: Becoming a mother changes so many things, and I can't imagine that there are any mothers out there that haven't been changed in some way by their children. I'm sure that your daughter has changed many things about how you see the world, but specifically - how has she changed your creative perspective?

Kelli: Wow! In so many ways. It's funny to see her react to certain pieces of my art. Just as I was fascinated with animals as a child, she is too. So we love to draw animals together. But as a bigger picture, she has really pushed me in creating a sense of wonder through my art and expanding my imagination. My inspiration for my artwork used to come only from the things that I was interested in, but now, so much of what I am inspired to create comes from her.

"Mother's Love" by Kelli Murray

Kelli Murray and her daughter, Rylee. Photos from Kelli Murray's blog

Find more of Kelli Murray's artwork on both Etsy and Society 6! I must admit that it was hard to choose just a few to feature here. Please go and check out the rest of her work! Also check out her very cool website along with her blog "All Things Inspiring"!

Here are all the links!

Kelli Murray's Website
Kelli Murray's Blog-All Things Inspiring
Kelli Murray on Etsy
Kelli Murray on Society 6

Photo montage from Kelli Murray's bio page
Much thanks to Kelli Murray for the interview and for access to her images!!! I am deeply honored and I hope that everyone reading this is as inspired by her as I am. She is truly an artist through and through to the deepest depths of her soul. I wish truly wish her all the best! Again, check out the links I listed above! There is much more to see!

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