Barbara Kelly has been drawing and painting since she was a youngster in her native Pennsylvania. There she took art lessons from Pennsylvania impressionist Walter E. Baum. Subsequently, her work appeared in her elementary and junior high schools.
As an adult, she earned a Bachelors degree from Cedar Crest College and a Masters degree from West Georgia College.
Taking time out to devote herself to her 32 year career in education and raising three sons, she began painting again after retirement in 1996.
Since then, she has won a number of awards and exhibited at the Georgia State Capitol, the Georgia State Fair, Clayton Art Gallery, Fayette County Courthouse Show, Fayette Society of Fine Art Shows and the Nixon Centre for the Visual and Performing Arts.
After moving to Newnan in 2007, she has been a regular exhibitor in the Newnan Coweta Art Association shows and Christmas Markets. In 2010, Barbara won Best of Show in NCAA’s annual juried show.
She as studied under local artists and taken workshops from Bart Lindstrom, Len Jagoda and Atlanta watercolorist, Jack Shields. She has served as Secretary and President of NCAA as well as treasurer and President of FSOFA.
Having traveled extensively, Barbara usually paints from the many photos she has taken. Although she tackles all subject matter, she enjoys painting people and animals best.