About Kelsey Proffitt
Kelsey Proffitt is an emerging artist that didn't take the traditional path to art school and then full-time artist. She acquired some college level, formal art training but is mostly self-taught. She gained invaluable knowledge and experience for the last several years as a certified high school visual arts teacher. She realized that she wanted to spend more dedicated time in her own studio creating her complex observations of life and the human condition. So she decided to trust her talents and take a leap of faith. In addition to spending her time as a practicing artist, she also teaches private lessons out of her home studio and also works part time as an instructor at a local studio called Wine & Design. Before her life as an art teacher, she explored various other life paths, all eventually circling her back around to art each time. Art has always been an important part of her life since she was a child.
Kelsey recently moved to the Houston area from Fort Worth, Texas. She is a travel enthusiast and loves meeting new people and experiencing new places. From 2013 to 2015, she lived overseas in Galway, Ireland. Before settling in Ireland, she backpacked around France, Italy and Switzerland. Kelsey likes to take in the culture, nature, and various other visual stimulation's and occasionally uses that as inspiration for her artwork.
Kelsey has a focus in intuitive mixed media processes with her main passion lying within the layering. She is very interested in expressing her own experiences and understanding of the human condition. She works with representational and non-representational means, sometimes combining the two, allowing the expression itself guide the process and medias used. She likes to keep her practice fresh and exciting by changing things up, trying new approaches, and constantly learning and exploring.
Kelsey has taught numerous art workshops for Mabank ISD's "Know Your Impact Conference" for the past 3 years. She really enjoys sharing her knowledge and passions with others to help promote the arts. Kelsey likes to engage her supporters by creating video compilations of her while she’s working in her studio. Check out her social media accounts by clicking on the icons at the bottom of this page to learn how Kelsey creates some of her works. Be sure to subscribe to her email list and follow her on social media for new artwork and updates! :)
Art Competitions & Awards
03/19: The Gateway International Painting Competition (Online Art Competition)—Best In Show—”Mind Over Matter”
04/19: Lake Houston Area Artists Art Competition & Show: 1st place—”This Is My Prison” & 3rd place— “Mind Over Matter”
06/19: Lone Star Art Guild Convention & Art Competition: Honorable Mention—“This Is My Prison”
Workshops & Presentations
Know Your Impact Conference June 2019 - Mabank ISD
“Intuitive Mixed Media Abstract Painting” - a workshop guiding educators on an intuitive painting process using mixed medias to complete an abstract work of art.
Know Your Impact Conference June 2018 - Mabank ISD
“How To Help Your Students Find Their Voice Through Visual Journaling” - a workshop teaching art educators how to create visual journals using collage & mixed medias and how it can help students find their voice and style through art making.
Know Your Impact Conference June 2017 - Mabank ISD
“Don’t Copy Me! Why Choice Matters” - a presentation on the importance of giving students choice in their learning in all subjects, but more specifically in art education and how to set up your classroom to provide more choice
Kingwood Library, Kingwood, TX - currently on exhibit upstairs: “Logic” and “Holding It All In”
Charles Bender Performing Arts Center, Humble, TX - Coming Soon! —June 10 - July 15