For self-taught local artist Kellie Orr, 2016 was the year she decided to ditch her day job and pursue her artistic talents. This month her first solo exhibition Higher Ground will be opening at Beyond Skate August 5. The exhibition is a celebration of young inspiring Perth creatives who are succeeding at their vocations. Through the balance of realism, digital manipulation and colour manipulation, each image reflects an element of the subject’s experience with their creative career and reflects Kellie’s interpretation of their character. We met with Kellie and spent some time in her studio as she prepared for her debut showcase.
Dreams and aspirations?
To spend every day feeling challenged and fulfilled. Art definitely ticks these boxes for me so I hope to be able to continue to paint as much as possible. It would be pretty cool to hit up the Archibald at some point too…
When did you first decide to be an artist?
I first decided in year 12. I loved painting portraits at school and went on to do degree in design at uni, but then got a sidetracked by life and came back to portraiture later on.