Diary of a Resident Artist

Kellee Wynne Conrad at work in her Baltimore studio. *photo by Keisha Ransome

Throughout my time in the Thrive Residency Program at Jordan Faye Contemporary I have regularly shared my thoughts about the experience on social media, both Instagram and Facebook. It has been encouraging to have a large audience willing to listen to my rambles and give me feedback. The support of people I have never met has been inspiring and helped me through my excitement and my doubts. I am sharing with you a few of my posts from the last eight months.

Maryland Art Place Building, 
Jordan Faye Contemporary top floor, Baltimore

December 16, 2014

It's happening! So excited to be moved into my new studio! I have the honor of being the first inaugural artist-in-residence of the Thrive program at Jordan Faye Contemporary in Baltimore from now until June 2015. Fifth floor of the Maryland Art Place building in the Bromo Arts District, with a view of the city, lots space and light and a huge world of opportunity. I feel very honored to have been chosen and grateful to my family and friends who have supported me endlessly in my effort to see my dreams realized. This journey is amazing and it's just begun!

Inside the Baltimore studio of Kellee Wynne Conrad

January 25, 2015

I am now about a month into my residency in Baltimore with the Thrive program at Jordan Faye Contemporary. Some days I still think it's a dream! This space has energy and influence on me in ways that are unexpected. I know I found this opportunity at just the right time in my career to help propel me on to greater things. The residency will last until August and I will have a big show in the gallery for culmination of this experience. I have no excuse not to put my whole heart into it! I love my career.

View of Kellee Wynne Conrad's studio looking into the 
Jordan Faye Contemporary Gallery 

January 31, 2015

Another view of my studio, with a peek into the gallery. It's such a gorgeous space and I hope you get a chance to see it!

Artist Kellee Wynne Conrad in the midst of creating.

March 28, 2015

Stayed late in the studio to wait out the rush hour traffic. I love this space, but sometimes I wonder if it's really worth it being outside of the home to paint. Well, the residency only lasts until August, so I'm making the best of it!

Art in Progress, Kellee Wynne Conrad

April 25. 2015

I think this is the most abstract I've ever done. I'm still learning how much to add, how much to take away and when to call it done. I know it's not complete yet, but it's getting there. Whomever thinks abstract is easy is off their rockers!

Studio View, Art in Progress, Kellee Wynne Conrad

May 11, 2015
Just trying hard to find my way today. It's quiet at the studio. I have no deadline. I have a million and one ideas. It's up to me. But it's hard to push the outside world out of my studio door and put my heart into my work. It's what I want to do. It's my dream. But this journey is not as easy at it seems in all the pretty pictures posted to social media.

Studio View, Art in Progress, Kellee Wynne Conrad

May 18, 2015

These paintings are taking me on some kind of wild ride. I know that I must keep exploring whatever "this" is, but the nature of the creative beast is to keep doubting everything I'm doing.

Studio View, Art in Progress, Kellee Wynne Conrad

July 8, 2015

Sitting back and looking at all these works in progress... Deciding which are finished and which need more work, which will make the cut and which will be cut out of the new collection. This residency experience had been all about fear and art and GROWTH. No matter how many times you've been through it, showing your work, especially if it's new, is difficult because you are exposing yourself to the world and you can't help thinking, "What if no one likes anything I've done?" Yep, that's pretty much what it's like being an artist.

"Mindstorm I & II" Acrylic on Canvas, 30 x 40 each, Kellee Wynne Conrad

July 15, 2015

Today is the culmination of months of sweat, tears, fear and exhilaration. After ten months as an artist-in-resident at Jordan Faye Contemporary we are doing the final selection for my solo show opening in just over two weeks. It's amazing to see how much my work has evolved and changed over the course of a relatively short time. I put my whole heart and soul into creating work that came from an authentic place and not a place of expectation or financial consideration. It's one of the most important and life changing  experiences I've ever had. Please put July 31st on your calendar and join me in celebration!

Thank you and Enjoy the Journey,

XO Kellee


  1. Wow! You've had an amazing journey and opportunity! Congratulations on all the new growth and new work. This was a great post and thank you for sharing moments in your residency.

    1. Thank you Indigene! I has been quite a journey indeed!

  2. What a great read and a fabulous opportunity. It's been lovely to meet you and follow your journey. Best wishes for the show. :)


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