Kely Knowles has created art her entire life, and has taught it for the last 30 years, privately in her studio and currently at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. Her education at the Rhode Island School of Design helped form a strong foundation for the skills apparent in both her art and that of her students. These skills were additionally honed by her studies with the painter Jack Garver, the author and illustrator Sara Pennybacker, and the artist Christie Velesig, as well as by her years of freelance work and numerous commissions. Kely is the owner of the Rock Harbor Studio in Orleans where she continues to conduct classes and workshops, give demonstrations, and provide open studio space for fellow artists. In the communal and supportive space Kely has created here, she is able to share her process, and to simplify color and design theory so that drawing comes naturally.
“I am a passionate, intense observer of the world, and am endlessly fascinated watching colors reflect on objects in shadow and light. Seeing the objects before me change shape through this play of color and light compels me to record them. Landscapes are a constant source of inspiration and color is what most allows me to freely interpret these scenes. My aim is to create patterns of color and a harmonious balance of shapes that in turn evoke a sense of calm and reflection. I am drawn to watercolor because of its spontaneity and surprise, and the luminosity and depth achieved by its layered application. Painting in oils affords a different versatility. Whereas watercolor responds best when it is in control and free to flow, oil is obedient to my every brush stroke. Adapting to the differences between the two mediums is a recent and welcomed challenge.”