D YaeL Kelley lives and works at her studio in the Artist Enclave of Historic Kenwood in St. Petersburg Florida. Selling her first works at age 14, her eclectic heritage: a colonial family with Cherokee, Scots Irish and German ancestry strongly influence her current explorations. Born in Ohio growing up in Florida, she has lived in England, Arizona and Texas. While in England she attended Suffolk College of Art and Design. Working in the visual arts, museums and in the theatre, her career in the arts spans more than 40 years as a professional painter, arts advocate and certified instructor/ demonstration artist for several major arts manufactures, which include Crayola Crayons, Winsor and Newton, and Daler Rowney. She is a past president and artist in residence of the Center for Contemporary Arts of Abilene, past vice-president of the Texas Visual Arts Association, served the city of St. Petersburg on the Arts Advisory Committee, the Mayor’s Transition Team for Arts and Culture and just completed 6 years on the board of the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. YaeL has enjoyed many solo shows and group exhibitions throughout her career and is represented in St. Petersburg by Red Cloud Indian Arts Gallery. Her paintings are in collections throughout the United States, in Central America and abroad. The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance recently awarded the prestigious annual MUSE VISUAL ARTS AWARD recognizing an artist who has achieved excellence in the visual arts to D YaeL Kelley.