“I am a natural history artist who happens to live on a farm in the Connecticut woods. I share this world with my husband, 3 border collies and 3 house cats and an assortment of barnyard animals.
Kelly Leahy-Radding received a Certificate of Botanical Art and Illustration from The New York Botanical Garden in June of 2002. Kelly specializes in painting botanicals and natural history, developing her style with field observation on location, then translating her natural experiences to paintings in the studio. She paints with watercolors, gouache, and egg tempera, most recently painting on calfskin vellum. Kelly is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, the New England Society of Botanical Artists, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden Florilegium Society and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. Kelly is an award winning artist who has exhibited her work in local solo, regional group, and national/international juried shows including Birds in Art 2010, Art & The Animal Kingdom, The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, the Horticultural Society of New York, and numerous international juried ASBA exhibits.
“Painting all my life, I became interested in botanicals and wildlife art after travel ing to wild and beautiful places and keeping nature journals on my travels. These experiences are what fuel me to create, to paint, and to honor the spirit of nature.”