not everyone has the time to enjoy the
BEAUTY OF CREATION
"In the busyness of
that surrounds us...
MY PAINTINGS BRING ITS
Photographer: Ignacio Ravelo
Kelly Batten grew up creating things, her projects covering surfaces all over the
house, from model worlds to murals. Though she had always painted, she didn't know just what she could do with it until art class in grade 11 and 12 at Hobart College, Tasmania. It was the first time she hadn't had to choose a subject matter based on criteria, and she surprised herself with the work she produced that first year. 'Sublime Light' is the collection from grade 12- painted at eighteen years
old- depicting the light as it changes over the course of a day in the breathtaking countryside of Mountain River, Tasmania. This series cemented her strength for taking the breathtaking glory of light and infuses it into the canvas, and her work has developed and evolved around this theme in her ongoing collection 'Transcendence'.
Kelly always takes the time to see the beauty and glory in everything around her, a trait that finds its way into her paintings, capturing golden sunsets, babbling
streams, plump blackberries, and beautiful landscapes. "The heavens declare the Glory of God; the skies proclaim the works of His hands." (Psalm 19:1) With all
the earth singing of His lovingkindness, Kelly brings those moments to life in her work, sharing a joy and contentment with those who view her art.
As an amazing honour, the 2017 Pilgrim Artists Exhibition in Tasmania have established a Youth Art prize in her name, the winner being selected by Kelly and receiving $200.
First Prize- The Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania Youth Art 2012
Highly Commended- The Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania Youth Art 2012