Written By: Marlene Osteen | Issue:
A reverence for nature lies on the coronary heart of Jo Ridge Kelley’s beguiling creations.
he artwork of Jo Ridge Kelley celebrates the exacting and spirited custom of Plein-Air Painting.
It’s an artwork kind that may be traced again to at the very least the mid 18th century when landscapists made preliminary oil sketches on the spot, working immediately from nature.
And nobody in our area expresses it higher than Kelley, a studio and Plein air painter who lives and works in Waynesville and Asheville.
Her work is impressed by and displays her Quaker background, rising up on a dairy farm in Sophia, North Carolina, the place she developed an intimate reference to nature. Later in drawing and artwork research at UNC Charlotte, she was influenced by the works of the good Impressionist artists – Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh.
Kelley’s view of Western North Carolina is a examine of its mountains, lakes, and lily ponds, painted in ribbons of exuberant hues and texture – an homage to the bond that hyperlinks artwork to nature. She is well-known for portraying nature on its phrases, taking over heroic topics resembling Whitewater Falls.
Not fascinated with “describing every detail,” she renders them in a vibrant expressionistic type that makes use of each daring and surprising coloration relationships, typically on outsized canvases.
The affect of her work is beautiful with summary, but recognizable photos interwoven with an intense palette of deep shadows and lights. The impact of the interaction of those components forces the viewer to understand and ponder the overwhelming splendor and energy of the pure world.
She says, “It’s impossible for me to live here surrounded by these ancient mountains and the rising mist and not paint them. I deeply feel the peace and serenity from the mountain top. I will always strive to capture those emotions in my art.”
Kelley’s works are held in non-public and company collections all through the nation and across the globe. She enjoys creating giant, commissioned work of mountain landscapes, waterfalls, and coastal scenes.
“This is what I love to do and feel very passionate about,” she says. “Bring the beauty and energy of nature inside where you can feel the essence of the place. I want to share the joy of my experience being out there.”
Her work has been featured in regional and nationwide publications together with American Art Collector Magazine.
More data may be discovered at joridgekelley.com.
by Marlene Osteen