Kellie Edwards

about kellie

Art is how I process questions, it’s how I ponder life, it’s how I explore and learn.


New Zealand artist Kellie Edwards creates oil paintings and pastel paintings. 

Studying Art and Design full time at Auckland Technical Institute ,finishing top of her class under the tutelage of Nancy de Freitas, Edwards then took up a scholarship placement offered to her by Auckland Society of Arts majoring in painting with critique from Ian Jervois, Sue Daly and Silvia Siddell.

Her work has exhibited in national touring exhibitions and she has won awards in national and international art competitions.


2013 Winner Pastel Artists of NZ "Purely Pastel" National Art Exhibition. The Unison Colour Cup.
2013 Finalist Northland Art Award. Judge John Gow
2010 Runner Up Peoples Choice Northland Painting/Drawing Award.
2010 Most Popular Artist Northland Painting & Drawing Award.
2010 Finalist Northland Painting/Drawing Award. Judge John Gow.
2010 Third Place - Dry Category, Royal Easter Show
2008 Merit Award - Dry Category, Royal Easter Show
2007 Manhattan Art International Juried Exhibition 'Her Story' Winner


Making images mentally or physically is how I process and nut out feelings and ideas.  It's something I just have to do - to keep thinking, keep sorting, solving, exploring and learning.

With painting, I revel in the memories of a landscape, or the considering of relationships.  When home schooling my children was my focus, and physical time to paint was hard to make, my imagined art work and scribbles in sketch books got me through.  Some ideas have rattled around in my head and sketch books for years and are only now being brought into the real world.  Talk about a lesson in patience.  Other ideas are a flash of insight – got to love what that extra blood does to your brain on a long run.

I’m passionate about the effects of light on both colour and subjects - the brightness and intensity fascinates me and this comes across in my work. 

I like to focus on the concept of encouragement and aim for my art to be uplifting.  I don’t feel the need to focus on the austere or brooding aspects of life, in order for work to be taken seriously and be hard hitting.