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The abstract florals and landscapes from Canadian artist, Kelly Dean

Today’s artist hails all the way from Alberta, Canada. A lover of nature and the great outdoors, Kelly Dean paints what she sees. And isn’t it just divine?! The abstract florals and landscapes she paints are a delight for the eyes and we were thrilled she could find the time to chat with us about finding passion in art.

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Canadian artist Kelly Dean
Canadian abstract artist, Kelly Dean
Just because floral abstract art by Kelly Dean

Kelly Dean was destined to be an artist. She started selling her pieces at just 7 years old.

“I’m a Canadian artist, based out of Edmonton, Alberta. I grew up in a small town in northern Alberta, which is a prairie and mountain province in Canada,” says Kelly.

“My parents are both incredibly creative people, so I know that influenced me early on in life. My Dad was a graphic designer, and my Mum is an avid gardener.

“I’ve been creating in multiple forms my whole life! I think I was 7 years old when I started selling my hand painted calendars from my parents driveway. This was when I knew I wanted to be an artist!”

Kelly Dean abstract floral duo artworks
Kelly specialises in abstract florals
In Becoming floral artwork by Kelly Dean
A moody colour palette in this modern abstract flower painting

As with many budding artists, Kelly took the scenic route when it came to settling on her career.

“Throughout high school, I took all the art classes, although as I’m sure is common amongst many others, I didn’t see art as a viable career option,” says Kelly.

“First year of university, I tried my hand at psychology but one year was enough to convince me that anything other than a creative career was not for me!

“I went travelling for 6 months and when I returned, I finished an architectural technology diploma. Honestly it took me a few years to finally go for what I wanted!

It took a a lot of inner work to know the value of myself, and to know I could make a living in the arts.

“So I finally enrolled in an arts college, and I was home! Four years immersed with other creatives was invaluable, and some of my best years.

“I graduated and started a career as a graphic designer, but knew my soul was still calling me to painting. So since graduating, I’ve been straddling the line between the two.”

Collection of abstract florals by Kelly Dean
A collection of Kelly’s abstract floral paintings
From Arthurs Seat moody landscape art by Kelly Dean

Kelly’s paintings focus on landscapes and abstract florals, thanks to her love of the outdoors.

“My work is heavily influenced by the wide open spaces of the prairie landscape. Inspiration also strikes from the foothills and mountains near Calgary, where I went to art school. I constantly feel drawn to both landscapes and florals,” says Kelly with a smile.

“I love to abstract them… nature in general. It’s the organic feeling and emotion I gather from it. I think it’s also where I feel calm and at peace, and inherently that’s where my inspiration comes from.

I love the feeling of bringing the outdoors inside, allowing it to be a part of your home environment. 

“The way I paint is very intuitive. That’s what I really love about it. It’s the opposite of what I do as a graphic designer. I paint for what I’m feeling and it’s never right or wrong or has to fit into a template or prescribed direction… it’s freeing.” 

Sun for days landscape art by Kelly Dean
Landscape artwork by Kelly Dean in progress
Our Days abstract artwork by Kelly Dean

Currently juggling her art with her career in graphic design, Kelly has big dreams for the future.

“The past few months have been really busy with lots of local markets so as we move into fall (aka autumn in Australia!) I’d like to get back into creating some larger collections.

“Art is still my side hustle, but in the next year, I’d really like to have my own works on show at a gallery. It’s an area I haven’t ventured into yet and I’m excited for the possibility of it one day,” says Kelly.

Thank you to Kelly for sharing her artistic journey with us. We hope this is just the start of her career as an abstract artist and look forward to seeing what the future holds.

To see more of Kelly’s work, visit her website, or take a look at her Instagram account.

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Kelly Dean abstract landscape art
Summer bouquet No6 by Kelly Dean
Along with original artworks, Kelly’s collection also includes abstract floral prints like this one from the Bouquet Collection
Landscape art by Kelly Dean
Peony Bouquet No7 by Kelly Dean
On the way floral abstract art by Kelly Dean
Unique abstract artwork from Kelly Dean
Where we are landscape artwork by Kelly Dean
Peony bouquet by Kelly Dean
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