"My vision and aspirations as an artist are derived from the simplicity and beauty that surrounds us. Through these things we can learn to appreciate all elements of life and nature. As an artist it us vital for me that my visual expressions are easily interpreted as a positive emotion to uplift the mind and soul in a celebration of life."
Artist Kelly Hood lives in Paroiste na Cille, Dingle, West Kerry. For Kelly painting is a matter of gritty loyalty to her homeland, it has provided her with extensive subject matter. It is a microcosm through which she has captured an chronicled images of our time. These subjects cover a variety of human types and experiences such as fishermen, men saving the hay, men bringing home the turf, old men engrossed in gossip and story telling, the momentum of Dingle Horse Races and psychological portraits of Irelands peoples.
Kelly is a self taught artist, heavily influenced by modern painters such as Otto Duecker, Paul Bell and John Baeder. Her palette of sparkling textures and strong monochrome colours define the characters of her subjects while also capturing true like images. She achieves this through her Realist style of painting and Photorealist Painting techniques. Photorealism is an extremely realistic style of painting and drawing, in which the artwork is based entirely on the artists own photographic work. The subject of the painting is meticulously recreated in pigment drawing from the details in the photograph. This done through careful observation, as well as an in-depth knowledge of the characteristics of the paint. The paint is built up in many layers beginning with the under painting and continuing through the development of the forms.
Kelly says of her paintings "The choice of monochrome palette was a challenge, one inspired by the old black and white photographs of my family who were farmers and fishermen, people who lived by the land and the swell of the sea".