Get to know our friend Kelly Spencer
Illustrator, lettering artist and muralist Kelly has a passion for travel and sunshine. Her creative style is characterised by bright fresh colour palettes and curvaceous forms, meticulously handcrafted lettering, and illustrative elements of flora and fauna. Kelly’s work often serves as a platform to promote the conservation of our natural environment while her creative career gives her the freedom to travel and work for clients around the world. Kelly finds her joy in sunshine and summer wines, the sound of tropical rain, the shadows that leaves make on walls, scuba diving in calm waters and dogs.
Where do you call home?
Tairāwhiti, New Zealand.
I have previously lived in Wellington for 12 years.
How do you describe your artwork style?
My creative style is characterised by bright and retro-fresh colour palettes and curvaceous forms, meticulously handcrafted lettering, and illustrative elements of flora and fauna.
Have you always stayed in your field of art or were there other types of art that you have tried and tested?
I have a diploma in fashion design from 2002.
What is your ideal environment when creating your artwork?
Outside for murals because it allows me to connect with other people and the environment around me. If in studio, I like to have plenty of light, be surrounded by nice colours and plants, incense, music or a podcast.
What values are important to you?
Love and respect for mother earth, and an appreciation of all that she does to support us.
Any advice for aspiring NZ artists?
Always make and share the art that you want to make more of.
What was the inspo behind your artwork for your PieceHouse jigsaw puzzle?
The freedom feeling of summer - wide open spaces, the smell of freesias at the beach, and that gorgeous golden light that happens at the end of the day.
What are you hoping 2022 will bring?
Fresh fruit, less pandemics, and more kindness and empathy for each other.
Check out Kelly's artwork which features on the Golden Hour Puzzle here
Some amazing other work by Kelly Spencer. Follow Kelly Spencer here