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Nola Lee Kelsey

Nola Lee Kelsey Gallery

Evolving Conservation Artist!

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I am an American expat living in Asia where each day starts with caring for local street dogs in the coastal community where I live. Born a zoologist, I have recently, and quite surprisingly, evolved to become a conservation artist. More and more I strive to create public awareness on issues from wildlife protection to protecting our planet. My love of art is a gift that was passed to me by my mother, artist Avonelle Kelsey (1931-2009). Having returned to college in mid-life, I am currently a full-time student working on my Master of Fine Arts in Creativity, a program for creative entrepreneurs.

Visit 'Designing Nola' Shops: My work can also be found on a variety of merchandise in several online shops such as Society6, Redbubble, Zazzle, RageOn and more.

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My images are copyrighted 2012-2016 Nola Lee Kelsey. All rights are reserved and their use or distribution is strictly prohibited. Message me directly via this site with any questions.

Note: If you are looking for the artwork of my mother, tradition artist Avonelle Kelsey (1931-2009), please visit The Avonelle Kelsey Gallery at: www.AvonelleKelsey.com.

Welcome to the nexus of art, animals and Asperger's!

I am Nola Lee Kelsey and I create artwork that is growing more and more fearless with each passing day.

Like many 40+ year old people with Asperger's Syndrome, I was never diagnosed as autistic (as the overtly PC people say "on the spectrum") as a child. Only in the past year or so have I connected all the dots discovering that I sense things differently and react differently, because I am different. Go figure! Fortunately, I love who I am and find the label freeing, as I no longer feel any inclination to apologize for just being me.

What does being an Aspie Artist mean to my work?

In Short:
One result of this new psychological freedom is that I now feel 'free' to fling myself down the artistic rabbit hole, fully, completely and unapologetically. Step aside friends and family. Embracing the free fall for all of the year 2015 is my resolution to myself! I can't wait to see where I land!

In 'Ho Hum' Terms:
As is common among those blessed with Asperger's, my focus tends to be almost exclusively on one specialized interest, but it's laser sharp. After years as a zoologist slowly evolved toward guidebook writing - still skewed to wildlife experiences and volunteer travel with animals - I was stunned to have my mono-focused passion suddenly shift to art.

Now I am rapidly reevolving - hopefully not deevolving. Each new digital art style that I am driven to challenge myself with I leap into whole-heartedly, experimenting more and more. Typography, flat art, surrealism, grunge... Will this pattern of style-roulette ever stop? I honestly do not know.

This can be challenging from a sales/survival perspective as it prevents me from working in one consistently recognizable style that attracts a single type of art buyers to target - a must for working artists. But, for now I have stopped trying to put that genie back into the bottle. Telling myself it's all about expanding my artistic skill set must suffice. At the mement, I am just riding the artistic/autistic wave wherever it takes me as I am powerless to do otherwise.

Hold on tight at: http://www.NolaKelsey.com

My images are copyrighted 2012-2015 Nola Lee Kelsey. All rights are reserved and their use or distribution is strictly prohibited. Message me directly via this site with any questions.

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Note: If you are looking for the artwork of my mother, the fabulous artist Avonelle Kelsey (1931-2009), please visit The Avonelle Kelsey Gallery at: www.AvonelleKelsey.com.