Shan Kelly Cecilio brings humor, energy, and tropical heat to her paintings.
They flash and shimmer like funky, secular stained glass, suggesting fluid
motion and brilliant sunlight.
Born on the island of Nassau, Bahamas, Ms. Kelly left
her early study of commercial art and design for a career in fine art, painting
in watercolors to achieve luminous, translucent layers of color and striving to
convey the essence of what she sees and feels. Women are predominant subjects
in her work; as she says, "They represent power and strength and their
perception of the world and it's imaginative truth."
Ms. Kelly created the Stick People as a response to her stepson's challenge
that she "couldn't keep anything simple." In these nearly abstract renderings
of startling color and bold design, she seeks to express the personalities of
the people she knows. With humor, her work captures
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