Hello I am Kelly Zarb from Melbourne, Australia.
I started my working life in retail for various companies around Melbourne. My dream had always been to work in retail and be able to connect with people everyday. Another major aspect of retail I loved was creating beautiful displays and the harmony made when items are placed in certain places. As my enthusiasm grew I decided to enrol in a Certificate IV in Visual Merchandising at Swinburne Tafe. After I completed my studies I worked for some fabulous companies including Domayne, MNG and Country Road, where I could merge my two loves connection with people and the creation of displays. I worked for Country Road for over six years and needed a change of scenery. So from the large shopping centres of late, to the big wide open spaces of Warrandyte, Victoria. It is here that my life starts to flourish in more ways than I could have ever imagined. Warrandyte opened up a whole new landscape for my art and life in general.
Ever since I was very little, I remember the joy and playfulness making things brought me. The childlike wonder I feel and see in life everyday is reflected through my art with the use of bright bold colour interspersed with geometric shape, patterns and natural themes. Favourite mediums of choice include acrylic paints, inks, paint pens and water soluble crayons. I now solely co-create to reflect the amazing beauty all around us and I express it as I feel the world is for me. Precious and deserving of our full connection.
Other interests I enjoy are cooking, going for lovely walks, catching up with friends and family and connecting to many inspiring people via social media platforms.
“ Moments are captured in my heart and expressed through my art. I enjoy using colours through feel and shapes by sight.”
My work has a central theme of natural wonder and joy in colour. I love to build up depth and a solid foundation for my subject with layers of acrylic paints and acrylic ink. This process also frees up my subject matter and allows the piece to come forth, with what is there to be expressed at the time.
The playful and intuitive way I work, leads back to what I enjoy most and that’s living a life full of love, colour and cherishing the simplicity of everyday moments. This brings a lovely stillness to the way I work, which is really what resonates with me. I feel a strong pull towards the moon, the stars and the sky. Every night after work I walk down my driveway, I look to the sky to see which of my friends are shining my way tonight. I feel that I am part of this vast universe. In order to capture this vast magical land and ocean of energy, I have developed a formula of geometric shapes including circles, triangles and repetitive dot sequences to explore unity, I can’t get enough of this grand science. These different elements create the backdrop for the universe at large which is the central theme of my paintings.
Getting my art to the world:
- A featured artist in the RAW Melbourne Artist Showcase (Nov 2016)
- Participated in a group exhibition called "Land , Sea & Sky," at Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina, N.S.W, Australia ( Nov 2015)
- Featured work in publication “ A Year of Painting,” for Lark Books (2015)
- Participated in Warrandyte Annual Art Show (2015)
- Featured work in The Sketchbook Project Limited Edition Book "Create & Capture." (2012)
- 2 sketchbooks permanently housed at the Brooklyn Art Library in the United States
- Commissions for private clients
Where you can find me:
If you would like to send me an email to say hello, I'd love to connect with you.