In the future, Kelly strives to run a successful side business making handmade goods (including keychains, earrings, prints, and more) balanced on top of her studies in a creative post-secondary program.
"Walking The Thin Line"
(Originally 9x12 inches - Reprinted as 12x16 inches) Watercolour On Paper
The title of this piece is Walking the Thin Line. Each panel was drawn out on individual sheets of paper and then painted with watercolour. The overall theme of this painting is loving yourself before loving others; however, I wanted to embody the guilt and draining feeling that comes with that phrase. In other words, the focus is on an individual who takes care of everyone so much that it begins to negatively impact them in a way where they don’t have the energy or time to take care of themselves.
Being the person who solves everyone’s problems and the person who is constantly there to give advice and cheer others up can get really draining - especially if you’re not in such a good mindset yourself. This ties into the stigma of someone being selfish even if it’s for their own well-being as opposed to being selfless for others. The telephone poles and the lines/wires can represent the danger of continuously pushing yourself over the limit. You could think of the thin lines that the girl is walking on to be what you’re “supposed to do.” You’re not supposed to be selfish, and if you are, you’re off the line and fall into the water. In the water, all the noise is muffled and time seems to almost go slower.