Kellie Johnsen is an emerging, mixed media artist known for her authentic and sometimes controversial style apparent in all her paintings and sculptures.
Early life / career
Kellie was born and raised in a small town in rural Georgia. With both parents in law enforcement, her journey to becoming an artist was just like her – gritty and non-traditional. She is a big fish born in a small pond inevitably destined to grow beyond her modest beginnings.
In her youth Kellie had an organic talent for art, winning art contests in high school. For over 20 years, she has been creating art for herself and is now ready to bring her unique pieces to the public. She has lived and worked in Los Angeles and New York and traveled the world as a professional model. While Kellie did not get any formal training, in her career she worked alongside professional artists, photographers, and stylists where she learned by doing and discovered her preferred style and process.
Kellie’s passion for art was reignited after working for artist Thomas Houseago at his studio in Los Angeles for over two years. She was responsible for organizing studio visits with major collectors such as Eli Broad and others as well as liaising with local galleries, museums, and local and international auction houses exposing her to both the business side of the art world and the creative process.