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David F. Kelley painting at Woodneck Beach, Falmouth Cape Cod
David is a Falmouth resident who spent a career as a graphic and book designer, medical illustrator and sports photographer. His clients were mainly in book publishing, professional sports, marketing, technology, health & fitness. His career began as a book designer in educational publishing with Houghton Miffllin and later with Ginn and Company in Boston where he developed the design for a new reading program, Reading 360. Freelancing followed where he expanded his skill base which is still in daily use for various clients and marketing his services.

Despte a busy career, David continued to paint, experiment and enter juried exhibitions around the country as this activity was the background and creative source for his design work. He returned more seriously to painting about 9 years ago and is enjoying continued progress. Although he works in a variety of media, he paints primarily in pastels and exhibits regularly in juried and members shows on and off Cape Cod.

Education. David is a graduate of Providence College where he played varsity baseball, ran cross country and received a degree in Political Science. Following graduation, he entered the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence where he studied graphic design for two years before being drafted into the U.S.Army. Over the years, he continued his art and photography studies and to stay current with computer graphics. He is a veteran of the US Army and served in the Quartermaster Corps as an artist-illustrator.

Community: David is Past President of the Falmouth Artists Guild and South Shore Art Center, a member of the Duxbury Art Association, the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, the Falmouth Cultural Council and PR chairman and board member of the Falmouth Artists Guild.

Recent Achievements: In 2006, David won awards at the Duxbury and Cape Cod Art Associations, the Falmouth Artists Guild, and also a contest to design the South Shore Art Festival Program cover. He was featured with an article in the Falmouth Enterprise as the September Artist of the Month for the Falmouth Artists Guild and a July 2008 article in the Falmouth Bulletin. 2009 was a good year with "Best Pastel" awards at the All Cape Cod Show at CCAA and the Artists Guild Summer Juried Show. He was recently selected as a "Signature Member" of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod and had a drawing selected by Northlight Books, Strokes of Genius 2, the best of drawing.

Awards & Exhibitions 2006 - 2010
Maser Gallery, Falmouth '10 - "Faces & Places," 1 month exhibition of pastel portraits & landscapes
Summer Juried Show '09 - Falmouth Artists Guild, Best Pastel for Lady with a Red Scarf
All Cape Cod '09 - Cape Cod Art Association, First Place-Pastel for The Luncheon
North Light Books '09 - Strokes of Genius 2, Illustraton Competition. Green Pond Summer - pastel
Visions Exhibition '08 - Cape Cod Art Association, First Place-Pastels for Fashion Show
Summer Juried Show '08 - Falmouth Artists Guild, Best Portrait-Figure Painting for An Old Friend
For Pastel Painters only on CC '07 - PPSCC for Quisset Rocks
Fall Juried Show '07 - Falmouth Artists Guild, First Place-Pastels - Quissett Rocks
Midsummer Show '07 - Duxbury Art Assoc., First Place-Drawing/Pastels for Old Beebe Estate
Originality '07 - CCAA, Best in Show for Emily / First Place-Pastels for Oh My God

Some thoughts: Creating art is not easy, but if blessed with a degree of talent and strong motivation, you can fly over the speed bumps that impede your way to self-discovery. Motivation and belief is critical because without it, you can think and talk, but not do. True motivation and belief in self is the critical gift that keeps you on track during the worst of storms and aids in the discovery, enjoyment and sharing of the gifts you've been given. Yes, these gifts were given not to hoard, but to share and by so doing, further drive you on this great path of discovery from the feedback received from others. This greatest discovery that I've made is that you don't really do art for yourself, it's done to be shared and you will certainly know it when you do it right.

Other things:
David has worked a full career as an artist which includes working as a graphic and book designer, a scientific and medical illustrator, a creative and sports photographer, a printmaker and a painter. I've always been a painter and have found that my experiments provide the foundation to better enable me to solve problems as a designer. Working in different mediums always gives new perspectives to the visual problems one is working on at the time. Working in different ways sometimes draws criticism, but so what, we are given brains to work with, to help discover and broaden our perspective and our levels of skill the better able we will be to solve problems and to discover our highest level of talent.

David F. Kelley
November 24, 2008

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