Kadra Kelly

1990 , United States

Kadra Kelly is an American artist based in Henderson, Nevada. She studied at the Gnomon School of VFX, Games & Animation in Los Angeles, California. She worked for several years as a concept artist on both AAA & indie games in LA until moving to Nevada. There, she finally plunged into watercolour, and her paintings have been accepted into juried shows in the Las Vegas area including the Nevada Watercolor Society “2023 Spring Show” and the City Lights Art Gallery “2022 Fall Juried Show”.

Artist Statement

“In Tied Flies, Kadra Kelly uses the versatility and spontaneity of watercolour to capture the ever-changing nature of Arizona’s Salt River. The intricate details of the hand-tied flies showcase the craftsmanship and artistry of fly-fishing, while her delicate watercolour washes and brushwork evoke the feeling of being knee-deep in the water. Tied Flies merges her personal experiences of accompanying her father fly-fishing over the years with her artistic vision, resulting in a harmonious fusion of memory, technique, and the raw beauty of the desert, a testament to the artist's intimate connection to her literal fatherland.”

Tied Flies
Graphite, watercolour, hand-tied flies 
33.5 x 43.5 cm (framed)