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New York City
“I want to share and make others happy.”
Mercedes Kelly cultivates joy in her life by creating art about the subject that brings her great happiness - animals! In overcoming daily struggles with schizoaffective disorder, she remains optimistic: “I keep positive...I just hope for the best.” She works daily to create balance in her life through medication, prayer and creation.
A self-described naturist, Mercedes primarily draws inspiration from the rural environments in which she grew up: “I used to live in the Dominican Republic with a yard full of animals. I paint these animals from my soul because I miss those animals.” Her preferred subjects are dogs, cats, birds, and other creatures that she encounters in parts of New York. She prefers to work in oil and acrylic on canvas.
Although she has been creating art since she was a child, Mercedes delved into forma art studies, earning a BS from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Following graduation, she continued on to study graphic design at Queens College, the School of Visual Arts, and the Art Students League. Mercedes has received high acclaim for her artistic pursuits--including winning a Blue Ribbon Juror’s Award from the Nazareth College Gallery in Pittsford, NY.
Mercedes aims to “live a good, faithful life through consideration for other people.” Through art creation, Mercedes hopes to share joy of her subject matter with viewers. Simply put, “I want to make others happy.” Mercedes connects with others over art through volunteer work and participation in programs at Fountain House and the Fountain House Gallery, a space in New York City representing artists living with mental illness. She hopes that through participation in ArtLifting, her work will become more prolific and well known.
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