Born and raised in southern Louisiana, Kelli Kaufman is a self-taught painter of southern coastal landscapes. The nostalgic, untamed scenery of the south, including vast colorful skies, wild meandering marshes, and moss-draped live oak trees are the primary sources of inspiration for her work. In her paintings, the eye is led to far off vanishing points, capturing a moment in time that is both romantic and familiar. Line and shape come in and out of focus with soft brush strokes of oil paint, cold wax, oil pastels, and charcoal. Painted with emotion and a connection to her roots, Kelli’s paintings conjure an internal longing to immortalize the fragile beauty of the land.
“My creative process typically begins with a photograph or a memory of a place that speaks to me emotionally. I start with a charcoal or oil pastel drawing on top of an underpainting. After that, the photo usually gets tossed aside, and the intuitive painting process begins. This is my favorite part, because the painting develops a life of its own beyond my control. Sometimes, I intentionally wipe away everything, turn the canvas upside down, and start the process again. Sometimes, I shift the whole drawing over an inch or two, while leaving parts of the first drawing in place. This gives the canvas a history that could never be achieved on my own. Taking risks, experimenting, and making lots of mistakes along the way…all of this allows a painting that is rooted in emotion and depth to emerge.”
Kelli’s working studio and gallery space is located in downtown Lafayette, LA, where she features rotating solo guest artists along with her own latest work open to the public during Second Saturday ArtWalk. In addition, Kelli is represented by Dixon Smith Interiors in Baton Rouge, Degas Gallery in New Orleans, and Huff Harrington Fine Art in Atlanta.
KELLI KAUFMAN STUDIO AND GALLERY, LLC
108 West Congress, Lafayette, LA 70501 | 337-303-8951
Studio Visits By Appointment - firstname.lastname@example.org
DIXON SMITH INTERIORS
1655 Lobdell Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70806 | 225-927-4261
604 Julia St. Ste. 1, New Orleans, LA 70130 | 504.826.9744
HUFF HARRINGTON FINE ART
HUFF HARRINGTON FINE ART: 4240 Rickenbacker Drive, Atlanta, GA 30342 | 404.257.0511
HUFF HARRINGTON HOME: 102 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305 | 404.467.0311