Interview: Kelly Jean Gillow
Luca Curci talks with Kelly Jean Gillow during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 – THE SECRET GARDEN, at Misericordia Archives.
“Art has always been a part of me for as long as I can remember. Like the air I breathe, like every heartbeat in me, it’s natural and pure – a beautiful, fun, expression… like a fun, exciting, colorful gift!”. As a child, Kelly Jean always loved to create. “I am so happy and grateful today to be so closely connected with my inner child and to have an internal passion for art and creation. I absolutely love creation, to create!” Kelly Jean believes that each and every one of us enters life already pre-packaged with gifts, talents, passions and purpose. “Our job is to unwrap the gifts we have within us as we move throughout our journey. The act of becoming is constant. We are always becoming more like the person we are intended to be. Art for me is the act of creating, expressing feelings and thought. Art is my gift and passion and part of my higher purpose in life. I want my art to radiate all things good in every person who fuses with my work.” Kelly Jean’s art expresses thoughts and feelings that are, mostly, powerfully positive and fun and the purpose of the works is to bring more of those thoughts and feelings into her viewers’ lives through constant viewing and fusion with the energy of the artwork on a continual basis. “My art is a collaboration of inspirations through my very own looking glass influenced mainly by my natural environment and higher faculties. In most of my work, I love mixing colors and creating patchworks of new colors and textures. My passion for art is also a foundation for my love of illustrating and writing for children and resonates with my inner child. I love still feeling like a kid myself and so I play with the childlike subject matter at times and in most of my work, I love to use bright, beautiful, bold colors. I do not limit myself necessarily to a specific subject matter or medium, I love variety and there is so much to experiment with like an artistic scientist! In my gravitational work, I utilize bright, bold colors and surrender the work to the gravitational pull of our beautiful planet, mixed with perfect oscillation timing and then I let the natural infusion of my thoughts and feelings about the piece just flow!”
Kelly Jean Gillow resides in the United States in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania on her farm with her husband Jon and their three lab pups Coda Bear, Oliver Otis, and Charlie Parker, along with all of their chickens, ducks, roosters and geese. Kelly Jean has been instructing children for over 20 years of all ages in the fields of art and science. She is the owner of her company, Country Home Learning & Art Center. Kelly Jean is a published author and illustrator and she is also a certified professional mindset coach through the Proctor & Gallagher institute and in her business Kelly Gillow Consulting. “Art is a direct connection to higher intelligence, the kind we can only see in our imaginations – it’s an energy so pure and perfect it should almost never be judged as anything less”.
Luca Curci – What’s your background?
Kelly Jean Gillow – I have been involved in the arts for as long as I can remember, it’s such a part of me! When I was a kid I absolutely loved to draw, paint, anything art! I’ve been teaching the arts and sciences for well over 20 years. About 13 years ago, I opened my studio business Country Home Learning & Art Center, a center for the arts in the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania, USA, where I continue to teach the arts and sciences to hundreds of children and adults. When I am not in my studio, I am in my home studio painting and creating or working my second business as a creative mindset coach at Kelly Gillow Consulting. I am also a results mentor specializing in human potential, development and spirituality. I help people change their mindsets to creatively live their best lives. I am also a published author and have some book projects currently in the making.
LC – What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
KJG – Well, I love all of my creative endeavors so far in life and a lot of them influence some of my work but spending a lot of my time studying and researching human potential, mindset, and universal law has really more recently impacted the way I create my works. I feel really connected to the energy and feelings I have when I am creating and I almost feel guided in a way by tapping into my inner self and listening to the voice inside or the vision inside that has not yet been expressed. My job is to express that and I am grateful to have many creative projects to be able to do just that!
LC – Which subject are you working on?
KJG – Currently, I am in the process of actually putting together a “Universal Law” series which will consist of 12 works of art, each piece will be representing a universal law. I just love this subject! Each and every one of us is governed by universal law whether we realize it or not and I feel it is such a beautiful subject that essentially connects every human being. The idea of the series came to me one day and I felt really moved with the concept so that’s what will be on my easel soon.
LC – What is your creative process like?
KJG – Well, I am creating something that has never been created before so right away I am excited and ready to go. When I get inspired to paint or draw I really feel energized and great! I feel the energy and inspiration until it moves my pencil or brush and then I just let myself go and lose all track of time and space! Depending on the piece I do really enjoy listening to music while I work and choose songs that reflect the mood and feeling of the piece I am working on.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way
KJG – Yes and no. No, because I have always loved experimenting with a variety of mediums and subject matter – that really has not changed throughout the years. I would say what has changed over time is the way I feel about my work. I feel more connected to my creations every day. As I evolve, so does my artwork. But, I admit the bright colors and subject matter of my natural environment still continue to inspire me in the same beautiful ways as they always have!
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
KJG – Nothing specific. I very often paint so many different things because I like experimenting. Lots of different themes, I suppose. One thing I usually see as a common thread in my works, probably without even realizing at the time of actually creating a piece, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, bright, bold, beautiful, colors and feel this is something that filters through my works.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
KJG – The concept/theme of the exhibition – analyzing the relationship between body and space, and the hybridization between identities and cultural/physical/social/urban settings in contemporary times through the two main sections: MIXING IDENTITIES and FUTURE LANDSCAPES: I love this concept! I’ve exhibited my two works in the MIXING IDENTITIES one. The reconstruction of new identities, the transformation of our identities is a beautiful concept to me that I really feel very passionate about. I believe we are all on a path of becoming, we are continually transforming, so I was very excited again when asked to be a part of this exhibition!
LC – In which way is your artwork presented in our exhibition and connected with the exhibition’s theme?
KJG – My two works that are being exhibited are entitled “Shimmered Essence” and “The Inner Dance”. The first work, “Shimmered Essence”, is a representation of every human beings’ internal light. A life journey of discovered oneness, a selfless mission of self-illumination. Every person has a shimmer in them, a shine, a light. Your shimmer is unique to you and is meant to be expressed in all of its glory for it is the true essence of you. The second work, “The Inner Dance”, is all about the human experience! The human experience begins internally and continues throughout a lifetime. An individualized inner world of every thought, feeling and emotion is first internalized and then expressed through the body in action, motion and form. The inner dance with mind and thought is a dance worth keeping, colorful, bright, fun and full of beautiful twists, turns and flips that will grow and beautify oneself.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists? Would you suggest a collaboration with us?
KJG – Absolutely! ITSLIQUID GROUP represents so many opportunities for artists and I am so grateful to have had many opportunities presented for myself with them! I would most definitely suggest to any artist the collaboration with ITSLIQUID GROUP. It is fantastic and I‘ve really enjoyed showcasing my works at multiple exhibitions with them. It’s an incredible platform and every single person is so very professional and helpful. The correspondence and communication between ITSLIQUID GROUP and the artist are top-notch.