Jacki Kellum: A Gallery of Current Art Work & Artistic Statement

I began studying painting in college in 1968, and over the years, I have tried several different materials and several different styles, but my initial training was as an abstract expressionist. Although my current work is more representational, it still bears semblances of my first paintings which were, above all else, expressionistic.

Boy with Curls – Jacki Kellum Watercolor – Sold

Boy with Curls – Jacki Kellum Red Chalk Drawing – Sold

Blue Neck Scarf – Jacki Kellum Acrylic Painting – April 2021

When I paint faces, I paint more than faces. I paint the subject’s heart, or perhaps I paint my own heart via someone else’s face. In my opinion, heart is the primary concern of painting expressively. In addition, I strive not to allow realism to squash the energy and the emotion in my work, In almost everything that I create, my ambition is to be immediate, honest, and direct. Trying to be a human camera is not at all important to me,

After years of painting only in watercolor, I began painting in acrylic again in 2021. I love the way that the acrylics allow me to paint more experimentally, without fear of muddying my color.

Sunflowers in Blue Mason Jar – Jacki Kellum Acrylic Painting – April 2021

Fiesta:: Jacki Kellum Watercolor Painting

When I paint in watercolor, I feel as though I am forced to ride with a bit in my mouth.  I feel that cautiousness is the only way  not to lose the purity of my color. I consider myself to be a colorist. In most of my work, color is important to me.

Gerberas: Red, White, and Blue – Jacki Kellum Watercolor

In much of my watercolors,  I use calligraphic lines to make the work more expressive,

Janis Joplin – Jacki Kellum Watercolor – Sold

For the past several years, I have been writing and illustrating for picture books, and I illustrate in both watercolor and digitally.

But even when I’m illustrating, I like to allow myself to be free.