Kelly majored in Illustration during her BA in Design at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia.
Working in ink, paint and coloured pencils, Kelly puts play at the centre of her process when developing both stories and illustrations. As she explains: “I constantly ask myself ‘what if?’. What if I made an illustration and then cut it into pieces and put it back together again? What if I combine these two rarely-seen-together colours in one illustration? It’s all play and experimenting and diving into the art of creating.”
There are two main styles in Kelly’s portfolio. One consists of tight pencil work with lots of fine detail and the other is looser, using washy inks. In each case, her characters and settings are fun, whimsical and easily relatable.
Allen & Unwin, Fremantle Press, Penguin Random House, Oxford University Press, Chronicle Books, Bloomsbury Publishing, Hinkler Books, Orion Publishing,