Welcome to my website.

This website is intended to serve as a virtual peek intokellyphoto my life as an artist.  Here, you can see what is currently on the easel, purchase original artwork or gichlee prints, commission a piece of customized artwork, make arrangements for me to come lecture, find out where I am showing or scheduled to be working on-site, or contact me.

About me.

Let me introduce myself. My name is Kelly Engel James and I have always loved the arts. As a child I drew constantly and by the time I graduated from high school I realized it would be a lifelong passion, if not always my full-time vocation.

In the early 1970’s I got an Associates in Arts degree and became a commercial illustrator and graphic designer for over 20 years. At that point I returned to school to complete a Bachelors degree in the Fine Arts with a major in studio painting and a minor in art history.

I show in galleries; participate in competitions; set up at fine arts fairs; assume commissions; teach private lessons; lead workshops; do public speaking about the early arts in America; and portray an artist of the late 18th and early 19th centuries as historical interpreter. I work in many mediums but mostly I love to paint – from the very large size (public murals) to the very small scale (miniature portraits, dollhouse miniatures and buttons).

In addition to being a working artist, I am employed as a library director at a small liberal arts university in the Midwest. Life is good!