Meet Kelly Eddington, this week’s top American Watercolor Weekly Ambassador!
Kelly Eddington was born in west-central Illinois and received a B.A. in painting and drawing from Western Illinois University and an M.A. in art education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was an art teacher for seventeen years before deciding to pursue painting full-time in 2010. “I have never seen watercolors with the technical mastery Kelly Eddington commands. There is also so much heart and such an embrace of color,” said film critic Roger Ebert, one of Kelly’s earliest fans.
Kelly has a YouTube channel called Kelly Eddington Watercolors, where she demonstrates watercolor techniques and narrates her painting process. The channel has approximately 215,000 subscribers and over 13 million views.
Art paper giant Strathmore produced two pads of watercolor paper with step-by-step instructional material and exclusive videos by Kelly in 2016. Part of Strathmore’s Learning Series, Learn to Paint Watercolor Flowers and Learn to Paint Watercolor Basics are designed for people who are new to watercolor and want to learn more.
Kelly’s award-winning paintings are in private and public collections throughout the world, and she has shown her work in numerous one-person shows regionally and in China, Brussels, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a signature member if the Illinois and Missouri watercolor societies, and she lives with her husband Jeff in northeast Missouri.
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