Jacki Kellum grew up and has lived most of her life in the South and, like many Southerners, she is a natural storyteller. While she has also lived many years in the Northeast, she has recently relocated from the East Coast, and she is currently painting, writing, and illustrating from her studio in Harrison, Arkansas, which is in the heart of the Ozark Mountains.
Many people who are familiar with Jacki’s art recognize her as a colorist who paints loosely and flamboyantly. She is an avid gardener, and her flower paintings are some of her most dazzling pieces. Jacki often paints these from her own garden or en plein aire, while traveling. Jacki Kellum strives to maintain this whimsical flamboyance in her illustrations for children, and she considers her flower studies to be a continual practice for illustrating. In order to fully understand her subject matter, she often also does intricate and detailed pencil studies before she paints more freely.