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By Caitlin Switzer
RIDGWAY–She has climbed mountains and glaciers, worked as a forest ranger, helped launch (with Kim Reynolds) one of the nation’s most popular and respected women’s ice climbing clinics, and established a successful graphic design business, Dayzign Graphics. And yet, Kellie Day keeps searching for the perfect means of self-expression, the distillation of wisdom and design that belongs only to the realm of fine art.
“I really believe in living life to the fullest,” said Day, 42. “I still have not found the one thing that has made me feel that. So art became a strong calling—I started looking at the work of other artists, and taking a bunch of classes. I studied in Mexico with Susie Billings for a week in the winter of 2010, and I ended up spending exactly as much money as I had in my checking account—I had just decided to go for it.”
Day is herself the daughter of artist Karen Keene Day.
“Mom has been pretty successful,” Day said. “She is a huge influence on me. My dad was an engineer; if he had raised me alone I would be very logical, and everything would be well planned. My mom taught me to go for it, even when you’re not sure—to be a dreamer.”
Day’s work, which can currently be viewed at Telluride’s La Cocina (123 East Colorado Ave) through January, at Resource Gallery in Ridgway (on Sherman across from Mountain Market) and on her website, kelliedayart.com, is evocative, complex, rich with color and absolutely breathtaking.
“This is very much a deep collection,” Day said. “I have spent the last 20 years roaming the Southwest, and exploring—these are things that have moved me. They tend to be bolder, and more colorful.
“I learned from Robert Weatherford in Telluride to paint something I feel very strongly about. I find a deep sense of spirituality when I let go of my brain, and give in.”
Although she does not have a permanent gallery spot, Day’s work has been selling briskly to eager collectors who seek her out. She writes a blog to share her thoughts on each of her pieces – http://kelliedayart.com/mixed-media/raven/ , http://kelliedayart.com/birds/winter-birds/.
“I am not making a living yet,” she said, “for now, I am just starting small—and dreaming big.”