Kelly Hawes graduated from the Savannah College
of Art and Design in 1992 with a BA in Illustration, after completing
a specialized study in children’s book illustration. In 1994, Kelly
settled in Wilmington, North Carolina, to pursue a career in art.
Her work appears in many private homes and businesses in Wilmington
and surrounding areas.
Kelly’s work includes canvases, business logos,
product labels, product design, T-shirt design, and painted furniture.
Kelly typically works in acrylic, guache, watercolor, pen and pencil.
Her work can be bold and imaginative or delicate and organic. Her
most vivid canvases simulate the appearance of Russian lacquer.
Some of Kelly’s commercial clients over the past few years have included
Michael’s Seafood Restaurant, Hollywood East Cinema Grill, Silver Coast
Winery, Down Island Traders, Ogden Family Chiropractic, Carolina Kayak,
Club Tropics, Stars of Magic, Sea Horse Gallery, the Wookey Hole, Rum
Island, and Fire & Spice Gourmet.
frequently commission Kelly to create original paintings. They appreciate
Kelly’s interpretation of wildlife and nature scenes, such as beachscapes,
ocean life, tropical jungles and forests. Kelly specializes in painting
animals such as local marsh birds, parrots, tropical fish, lizards
and various jungle cats. Clients ask her to paint flower borders on
furniture and walls, using the same motifs that appear in their favorite
upholstery or decorative fabric.
Kelly enjoys painting imaginative children’s rooms and nurseries. Her
fantasy art is a great hit with children. They especially enjoy her
dinosaurs, animals, angels, mermaids and fairies. Kelly can recreate
your child’s favorite fairy tales throughout a room or suite. Her animals
can look realistic or can show entertaining human characteristics.
Kelly often shows an appreciation of the feminine form in her artwork.
Inspired by her love of Middle Eastern dance, she is creating a series
of canvases featuring joyful belly dancers of all shapes and sizes.