Kelly Brumley has loved drawing for as long as she can remember and showed a natural talent from an early age. When she was 12, she taught herself how to draw life-like portraits from a book that a friend gave her and, to this day, people remain one of her favourite subjects to paint.
At age 15, she won a competition for secondary school students to design the 50-cent coin commemorating the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Her design showing Australian animals mimicking athletes in different sporting events was released into general circulation so keep an eye on your change and you just might find one!
She was one of 50 artists selected to participate in the open-air art installation “Mali in the City” celebrating Melbourne Zoo’s 150 birthday. Each artist was given a life-sized fiberglass sculpture of Melbourne Zoo’s elephant calf, Mali, to paint which were then displayed around Melbourne before being auctioned.
In 2016, Kelly married her husband Mark and moved from the Latrobe Valley to live on a farm in the beautiful South Gippsland hills. Adjusting to married life and starting to teach art classes two days a week meant that painting took a back seat for a while but she has now gladly picked up the brushes and pencils again.
Her work can be seen at art shows from Bright to Dromana, and at the gallery at Morwell Art & Framing where she also teaches art classes.