Kelly Darr

Riding Out

Artist Statement
As a visually impaired artist my concerns lie deeply in the understanding that vision is beyond the eyes – a transcendental, infinite experience of the heart that connects us each and all beyond what we see in the solely physical third dimensional experience. I often use the metaphor of reflectivity in my mixed media tactile painting for the ideal of shared truth.

Photo: Rick Kallaher

Artist Kelly Darr is an East End artist who works from her studio in Long Island, NY. Charmed by a rich local history of American painters, she is inspired and moved by the first hand account of the intricate workings of nature that her studio is nestled amongst. Darr, who started out as a student traditional, classical academy, style drawing and painting, has evolved through the need to express herself to invent her own painting process and unique painting style, ranging from minimal to very elaborate. Darr has been a lifelong student of the arts receiving a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art that exposed her to a wide range of concepts of artmaking with its unique five year program. She went on as an artist teaching, showing and doing commission work. Her work has been exhibited in the New York area including William Paterson University and Slater Museum. Recently, she has shown locally at Depot Gallery, Woodbine Collection, White Room Gallery, Ashawagh Hall and Guild Hall.