Kelly Schnurr is an artist, illustrator and graphic designer living in Buffalo, New York. She received a BFA in Graphic Design from SUNY Fredonia and has 15+ years experience working as a designer in both a studio setting and running her own business, GreenBird Design Inc., that she established while freelancing in NYC. After becoming a mother, she began taking her painting and drawing more seriously as a way to connect and engage with her children, while nourishing her own creative needs. She hopes to continue to explore her painting style and expand her designs through textiles and surface patterns. 

Artist Statement:
Seasons of life offer tremendous opportunities for personal growth, self-awareness, and clarity. I feel lucky to be on this life-long creative journey, constantly learning new skills and always finding time to simply make art for arts sake. I am grateful to have this visual language to communicate what I simply cannot put into words. I look forward to new challenges as I pursue this rich, creative life that never ceases to surprise and delight. 

My work represents my process of escaping reality, acknowledging discomfort, and learning self-compassion. I work with gouache, pastels and colored pencils to achieve a combination of fluidity that captures life’s natural rhythms and patterns, and sharp contrast that acknowledges the the beautiful tension that comes with growth and change. 
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