About Kelly

Kelly Magee


Kelly has been a painter in some capacity for over four decades. Her original degree is in Fine Art with an emphasis in painting, printmaking and restoration.  She also has a master's degree in social work, and believes it is also loosely related somehow.  While her original love remains painting in oils, she has found sufficient affection for liquid acrylics which are the medium for most of her recent work.

She lives and works in the city of New Orleans, in a unique neighborhood which is both a legitimate bird sanctuary and is nestled behind the sprawling green space that is City Park. Her studio and residence sit on the edge of Lake Pontchartrain and are only steps from Bayou St. John.  It is in this contradicting array of urban and natural surroundings that the work, which is somehow an expression of both, finds it’s initiation.

The bulk of the work depicts representations of the objects and scenes that have become so much a part of the fabric of what we all see, living in the South and in New Orleans, every day. Her paintings use color, placement and decorative elements such as gold leaf to create layered decorative and contemporary representations of our common and not so common experiences. The pieces are largely decorative and meant to speak simply to the beauty that surrounds us daily.

She creates both large and small work.  Her work is collected all over the world and she has completed local and National commissions in both oils and acrylics. Two of the latest of those are large scale oil paintings in the Louis Armstrong Airport.

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Kelly's Art



acrylic on cradled birth panel



acrylic on gallery canvas



acrylic and silver leaf on cradled birth panel



acrylic and gold leaf on cradled birch panel