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Kelly Williams (MAP #27)
Featured Artist : Gateway Studio

Flow of the Heart
Encaustic Mixed Media
12″ x 12″

Breaking Wide Open Rush of Truth Diptych
24″ x 36″

Imminent Storm
Encaustic Mixed Media
31″ x 13″

My work is a symbolic narrative process. It is a progression of disentanglement, a developing of a story, layer by layer. It is only upon coming closer and becoming intimate does one experience the intricate textures, subtle imagery, hidden text and imperfections that make up the whole. Secrets are hidden within the layers, embedded truths expressed and hidden again for a visceral journey through the soul. Expressed experiences, perceptions and emotions all influence how the visual narrative unfolds during the making of these psychologically rich artworks. The written word is often used as a form of layered texture to engage my deeper self and invite the viewer to do the same.

The use of encaustic painting allows for the metaphorical layering, burning, burying and exposing that are all relevant to the deeper meaning of my work. This ancient medium being used in contemporary visual expression further supports the timeless messages and questions I am driven to explore.

My work has appeared in multiple galleries, businesses and publications both locally and nationally. I have a busy studio practice in Portland Oregon, teaching workshops regularly in my studio. I am passionate about helping those who wish to explore their inner landscape or work through specific issues using encaustic painting as a cathartic medium in both private and small group sessions. I have developed several healing arts projects that bring this art form and method to disenfranchised populations and speak to audiences about how to use art as a powerful social advocacy tool in our communities.


Media: encaustic, mixed media 2D, printmaking