Kellianne M. Land
Artist Bio 2019
Kellianne Land is a muralist and artist. Natural beauty and allegory are her main inspirations. While studying the history of textiles at Concordia University (Montreal) Land became inspired by the diversity of cultural iconography which led her to pursue decorative art. As a partner in Schmidt Mandell Studios Land became adebt at creating interiors, including murals and cabinetry design, for commercial and residential clients in Charleston South Carolina.
Returning to Ontario seven years ago, Land started to awaken her earlier fine art pursuits. She has been a member of Headwaters Art Association, The Brushfire Artists and has volunteered her talents in creating spaces for several institutions (such as St. James Anglican"s "The Butterfly Hall" in Fergus).
Painting the beautiful, iconic landscape of Southern Ontario "en plein air" has also been a significant part of her practice. The riverside is her main inspiration. While re-invigorating her drawing skills at Guelph University Land started to work on a series of drawings and mixed medium assemblages in her studio. The subjects range from the passage of time, the nature of being, mythology/allegory and pure abstraction. She also writes icons as a devotional practice.
Ms Land now resides and continues her practice on the South Western shore of Nova Scotia. She fascilitates various workshops with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia ArtReach programs, volunteers for the Autism Arts classes and was Artist in Residence for Holy Trinity Arts at Holy Trinity Anglican Church for 6 months in 2018. Land is an active member of the Yarmouth Art Society and exhibits her work in The Waterfront Gallery. She presently works at the Western Branch of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, organizes life drawing sessions at Holy Trinity Hall, and is fascilitating a pilot project called "Art Explorations" with Southwest Nova Employment Center as well as working as volunteer on the formation of a public art policy with the Town of Yarmouth.