Hi, I'm Kelly! I'm the creator behind Messy Ever After. I always feel uncomfortable talking about myself to strangers, as I prefer to hide away in my studio, but it's harder and harder to do that these days. I mean--you're reading this so that probably means people actually want to know more about me. Weird, right?
Basic info: I was born and raised in a small Minnesota town. My accent gets thicker when I spend time with my family. I just got back from a family vacation and the 'Fargo'-esque hard 'Ds' and long 'Os' got stronger. Ooooh doon'tcha know.
Even though I'm an artist, I spent a good chunk of life trying not to be one. I went to college for a variety of things (biochem, creative writing, psychology, and art), but never quite settled on one topic. I thought a standard 9-5 job would be sufficient if I just forced myself into it. Over and over again. Turns out I go a little crazy in those environments. I quit my last 'normal' job on a finance team for an IT company in October of 2016 and finally embraced that I am an artist and I should stop wasting my time trying to be something I'm not.
I currently share a house with a 16 pound a**hole of a cat, a half collie dog who sheds on everything, and a nerd who wholeheartedly supports my chaotic artsy ways, except when my art supplies and wet canvases spill over into the kitchen.
I've started to sign my work as 'MEA' instead of my actual name, because I did this silly thing a while ago where I got married (wooo!)--and then got divorced (awww, sad!)--and now I feel like starting a whole new identity (Yay to a new me!). Mea Kelly? Kelly Marie Mea? Kelly Mea Marie? I'll figure it out some day.
About me as human being: I've always been a little bit of an intense weirdo that feels way too much. I can't watch horror movies, because the imagery sticks with me for days. I get lost daydreaming quite often. My head is full of ideas. I am passionate about art and all things creative, but I have a strangely analytical mind (data and spreadsheets are my favorite!). I can't help but be kind, because life is too short to be mean and angry. I overthink everything, and have a hard time cutting myself slack. I love watching others succeed and grow, and the most fulfilling thing in my life at the moment is knowing I can be a source of inspiration and kindness for others.
About my art and inspiration: I love working with saturated colors, movement, and organic flowing lines and details. I am inspired my emotions and energy, because I experience so many of them in my internal landscape. Art is a way for me to get lost and roll around in the beautiful chaos around us and inside of me. Art is also how I leave those emotions behind. I feel it, channel it, create, then walk away. Which is why it might seem like I don't take myself or my art too seriously at times. Some of my pieces are moments trapped in time that I'm okay leaving in the past. Which is just another way to say 'please buy my art and take it away before I burn it or paint over it."