patt kelley Boston ma
I once had an art director remark that she was always blown away with what people could do with a plain white sheet of paper and some paint. How they could turn nothing into something that pleases the eye.
I’ve drawn ever since I could hold a pencil, and when I look back on it I think that art director was onto something. I grew up obsessed with cartoons and comics. As a child I wanted to put on paper with my own hand what I saw on TV and in the pages of books. I would sit on Santa’s lap every year and say that all I wanted was crayons and coloring books. Since then I’ve moved on from crayons to watercolor. (Thankfully! There doesn’t seem to be much of a market for illustrators who work in crayon.) That penchant for arranging marks on paper to make something beautiful is still a major part of my life. I’ve managed to turn my passion into a career.
I attended Massachusetts College of Art and graduated in 2002 with a BFA in Illustration and have been working as an illustrator ever since. My editorial work has been seen in various magazines and newspapers all around the world. My comics have received accolades from The Society of Illustrators and Publishers Weekly. I’ve also had the opportunity to do concert posters for the likes of Fred Armisen and Neutral Milk Hotel. I’ve done background design for a Nickelodeon short, and designed Halloween waterglobes for TJX.
I absolutely love what I do, and am honored to have had so many great opportunities over the years. I hope that one day an illustration I created leaves such an indelible mark on someone else that they pick up a crayon or a pencil or anything that leaves a mark and creates something beautiful.