Kelly Eddington

Joined Artfinder: Jan. 2015

Artworks for sale: 13

(4)

United States

About Kelly Eddington

 
 
  • Biography

    My watercolors are surprisingly realistic. I have always tried to take watercolor as far as it can go, and as a result my work resembles oil paintings in terms of color richness and detail. Hearing my viewers say, ‘THAT’S a watercolor?’ always makes me smile.

    I delight in creating a variety of textures and reflective surfaces in my still life paintings. I find beauty in so many things, from a handful of glass beads to an apple blossom to a vintage guitar. As I paint, I always fall further in love with whatever it is that makes my subjects unique.

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    Kelly Eddington’s passion for watercolor began when she was a teenager in a small town in west-central Illinois. Currently living in St. Joseph, Illinois, Eddington is a former art teacher with seventeen years of experience in Illinois’ public high schools. She has spent the past five years pursuing a career as a full-time artist.

    Film critic Roger Ebert, who spotted one of his books in the background of Eddington’s portrait of a little girl named Mabel, struck up a Twitter and email friendship with Eddington, and the two even managed to collaborate on a painting called Abandoned Knowledge.

    Eddington’s work is in private and public collections throughout the world, including Western Illinois University’s permanent library collection. She has a YouTube channel called Art Food Kitty, where she demonstrates watercolor techniques and narrates her painting process (along with the occasional recipe and cameo appearances by her cats). The channel has nearly 75,000 subscribers and over four million views.




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  • Education

    1991 - 1993

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    1987 - 1991

    Western Illinois University

  • Awards

    2015

    Signature Image--Boneyard Arts Festival

    My painting "Pop" was selected as the signature image for Champaign-Urbana's annual arts festival. The image will be reproduced on billboards, posters, and all branding for this festival.

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    2014

    Missouri Watercolor International acceptance

    for "Allure"

    2014

    MTD ART winner

    Reproductions of my paintings The Graduates and Tougher than the Rest were placed in every bus in Champaign-Urbana as part of the Champaign County Arts Council’s MTD ART program.

    2014

    Inclusion in Splash 16: Exploring Texture

    for "Allure"

    2013

    Signature Status, Illinois Watercolor Society

    Based on acceptance into three IWS national exhibitions

    2013

    Third place, Small Waters National Exhibition

    for "Mushrooms"

    2013

    People's Choice Award, Quad-State Biennial

    for the painting "The Graduates"

    2013

    Award of Excellence, Quad-State Biennial

    for the painting "Abandoned Knowledge"

    2012

    Murals on Glass winner

    My painting Glass Gems 3 was selected by the Urbana Public Art Program to be reproduced as a mural in downtown Urbana.
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Education

1991 - 1993

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1987 - 1991

Western Illinois University


Awards

2015

Signature Image--Boneyard Arts Festival

My painting "Pop" was selected as the signature image for Champaign-Urbana's annual arts festival. The image will be reproduced on billboards, posters, and all branding for this festival.

Show more awardsHide

2014

Missouri Watercolor International acceptance

for "Allure"

2014

MTD ART winner

Reproductions of my paintings The Graduates and Tougher than the Rest were placed in every bus in Champaign-Urbana as part of the Champaign County Arts Council’s MTD ART program.

2014

Inclusion in Splash 16: Exploring Texture

for "Allure"

2013

Signature Status, Illinois Watercolor Society

Based on acceptance into three IWS national exhibitions

2013

Third place, Small Waters National Exhibition

for "Mushrooms"

2013

People's Choice Award, Quad-State Biennial

for the painting "The Graduates"

2013

Award of Excellence, Quad-State Biennial

for the painting "Abandoned Knowledge"

2012

Murals on Glass winner

My painting Glass Gems 3 was selected by the Urbana Public Art Program to be reproduced as a mural in downtown Urbana.

There are no upcoming events


 

Biography

My watercolors are surprisingly realistic. I have always tried to take watercolor as far as it can go, and as a result my work resembles oil paintings in terms of color richness and detail. Hearing my viewers say, ‘THAT’S a watercolor?’ always makes me smile.

I delight in creating a variety of textures and reflective surfaces in my still life paintings. I find beauty in so many things, from a handful of glass beads to an apple blossom to a vintage guitar. As I paint, I always fall further in love with whatever it is that makes my subjects unique.

---

Kelly Eddington’s passion for watercolor began when she was a teenager in a small town in west-central Illinois. Currently living in St. Joseph, Illinois, Eddington is a former art teacher with seventeen years of experience in Illinois’ public high schools. She has spent the past five years pursuing a career as a full-time artist.

Film critic Roger Ebert, who spotted one of his books in the background of Eddington’s portrait of a little girl named Mabel, struck up a Twitter and email friendship with Eddington, and the two even managed to collaborate on a painting called Abandoned Knowledge.

Eddington’s work is in private and public collections throughout the world, including Western Illinois University’s permanent library collection. She has a YouTube channel called Art Food Kitty, where she demonstrates watercolor techniques and narrates her painting process (along with the occasional recipe and cameo appearances by her cats). The channel has nearly 75,000 subscribers and over four million views.




 
 
 
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