Caroline Kelly - Arts Canterbury

Caroline Kelly


I am Caroline Kelly an artist born in 1993, Christchurch, New Zealand. Since a very young age I have had a deep passion for art, extensively drawing portraits and the human form. This fascination has continued with me throughout my life. My love of people, emotions and life pushes me to capture the human experience and beautiful moments through my art.

Up until 2019 I was self taught then became Atelier trained, I was introduced to and fell in love with the mastery & language of art. I learnt oil painting, watercolour and classical drawing, this taught me about light, atmosphere and the importance of tone.

In 2022 I began learning from artists all over the world via zoom workshops, classes and demonstrations. This is when I met my Mentor and teacher Michelle Dunaway who created a safe and compassionate environment. This took me to the next level and into the direction I wanted to go. This experience has deeply touched me and from that my goal has been to teach people how to create and show them the interconnected rhythms between life, nature and art.

The International Prize Leonardo Da Vinci, Francesco Russo, Milan 2024
WAA Woman Art Award 2024, Musa International Art Space 2024
1st Place, Presidents Award NZAFA Open show 2023
1st Place, Edinburgh Premier Award 2023
Highly Commended Award, Ashburton Art Society Annual Exhibition 2023
People’s Choice Award, Ashburton Art Society Annual Exhibition 2023
Merit Award, Splash New Zealand Watercolour Society 2019
People’s Choice Award, Splash New Zealand Watercolour Society 2019

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