Artist Bio & Statement

Kelly E. (Collins) Marra, (b. 1977, Texas)

Currently living and working in McKinney, Texas

kellyemarra@sbcglobal.net | www.KellyEMarra.com | Kelly on LinkedIn | Instagram | Vida

Kelly E. Marra is an artist who utilizes a variety of mediums in her work.  Her mixed media pieces exploit the versatility of acrylic paints and create unexpected unions.  She has a B.F.A. in Studio Art - Drawing and Painting from The University of North Texas.  She will earn a Master of Science in Learning Technologies at UNT in December 2022.

Skills

Instructional Design, Graphic Design, Painting, Drawing, Sketching, Curating, Jurying, Teaching, Relief Printing, Mokuhanga, Sculpting, Polymer Clay, Crochet, Sewing, Soldering, Radial Arm Saw, Miter Saw, Drill Press, Circular Saw, Jig Saw, Sander, Dremel, Dremel Engraver, Digital Photography, and Editing

Beginning knowledge of Autocad and Rhino

Adobe Creative Suite - Photoshop, After Effects, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, and Acrobat

Microsoft Office - Word, Power Point, and Excel

Google Workplace - Docs, Sheets, and Slides

Corel PaintShop Pro

Windows, Mac, and beginning knowledge of Linux and Networking with Cisco

LMSs - Canvas, Thinkific

Prezi, Canva, Genially, Flip, Doodly, OBS, Hit Film Express

Wix 

 

Education
Studied under:

B.F.A. UNT 

Studied Watercolor under Rob Erdle

Studied Figure under Jay Bailey and Christian Fagerlund

Studied Printmaking and Mokuhanga under Kazuko Goto

 

Collin College

Studied Metals under Chris Tinnen 

 

Exhibition

2022   Music in Motion at The Cove, McKinney, TX

2022   Glow Show - Solo Show at The Cove, McKinney, TX

2021   MAST– McKinney Artist Studio Tour at The Cove, McKinney, TX

2020   UNT Drawing and Painting BFA Show, Social Distance Gallery, Virtual

2020   Music in Motion at The Cove, McKinney, TX

2020   A Belly Dance Installation at The Cove, McKinney, TX

2020   My Favorite Things - Solo Show at The Cove, McKinney, TX

2020   Spring Cleaning Art Sale at The Cove, McKinney, TX

2019   Unique by Nature, McKinney, TX

2019   Inversion - Solo Show at The Cove, McKinney, TX

2019   Figure Drawing & Painting Show, UNT CVAD, Denton, TX

2018   Artful Healing - Joint Show with Artist Carol Collins, The Cove, McKinney, TX

2017   A Happening at The Cove, McKinney, TX

2017   I Am Woman - Hear Me Roar!, TVAA Downtown Gallery, Dallas, TX

2017   Free as a Bird - Solo Show at The Cove, McKinney, TX

2016   Rhythms of Pen and Brush Poetry Symposium, McKinney, TX

2016   Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Library, McKinney, TX 

2016   Unique By Nature, McKinney, TX

2016   Words With A View, TVAA Downtown Gallery, Dallas, TX

2016   52nd Annual Collin County Adult Art Show, McKinney, TX

2015   Rhythms of Pen and Brush Poetry Symposium with Richard Blanco, McKinney, TX

2015   Artrageous 2015 Art Show, Frisco, TX

2015   Best of the Best Bellydance Competition – Vendor – Allen, TX

2015   Arts in Bloom, McKinney, TX

2015   Unique By Nature, McKinney, TX

2015   51st Annual Collin County Adult Art Show, McKinney, TX

2014   MAST – McKinney Artist Studio Tour – Art Club of McKinney’s 100th Anniversary

2014   Unique By Nature, McKinney, TX

2014   50th Annual Collin County Adult Art Show, McKinney, TX

2004   Bonham State Bank – Creative Arts Center –July - Artist of the Month

2004   Creative Arts Center, Bonham, TX

2003   Creative Arts Center, Bonham, TX

 

Bibliography

JewelryMakingJournal.com

Developing and Defining Your Own Jewelry Design Style

Artist's Mistake or Customer's Treasure

Chosen to compete in Michael’s web series - Craft Masters -1st  webisode – Mixed Media

Article in North Texas E-News – Artist of the Month – July 2004

Collections

 

Paintings

Private Collection, Allen, TX

Private Collection, Hainesport, NJ

Private Collection, Black Mountain, NC

Private Collection, Friendswood, TX

Private Collection, Lake Zurich, IL

Private Collection, Bonham, TX

Private Collection, Frisco, TX

Private Collection, Little Elm, TX

Private Collection, McKinney, TX

 

Jewelry Design

In 2005, Kelly E. Marra, started Bada Bling – Jewelry & More for the Diva in You!!!  She has had her work in several boutiques in Texas and a gallery in Angel Fire, New Mexico.  She has had two shops online, www.KellyEMarra.etsy.com & www.RockThePepRally.etsy.com , and collectors throughout the United States and abroad!  She has taken a break from Etsy to pursue her education.  

Galleries & Membership

2016 – 2022  The Cove, McKinney, TX - http://thecovemckinney.com/

2014 – 2020  Arts & Music Guild, McKinney, TX - http://artsandmusicguild.com/

2013 – 2016  The Art Club of McKinney, 2015 – 2016 Board, McKinney, TX - http://www.theartclubmckinney.com/

 

Curating

2022   Glow Show at The Cove, McKinney, TX

2020   A Belly Dance Installation at The Cove, McKinney, TX  

2020   My Favorite Things - Solo Show, The Cove, McKinney, TX

2019   Inversion - Solo Show, The Cove, McKinney, TX

2018   Artful Healing - Joint Show with Artist Carol Collins, The Cove, McKinney TX

2017   I Am Woman - Hear Me Roar!, TVAA Downtown Gallery, Dallas, TX

2017   Free as a Bird - Solo Show, The Cove, McKinney, TX

 

Teaching

2011 - 2016, Dallas Museum of Art's Go Van Gogh volunteer at Valley Creek Elementary, McKinney, TX

2003 - 2004, Drawing and Painting, Creative Arts Center, Bonham, TX

Jurying

2016 – Juror at the VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event) Competition at Rowlett High School sponsored by the TAEA (Texas Art Education Association).

Artist Statement

 

Kelly E. Marra

 

As a child, the renderings of authors and illustrators, such as Richard Scarry and Dr. Seuss, encouraged an innate desire to draw and create art.  This passion drives me to explore diverse mediums and art forms through continual study and practice.  I love learning!

 

After studying the Impressionists intensely, I found their struggles and desires most relatable.  In reflection, some of my work focuses on capturing moments that speak to my soul – the vulnerability of a performer’s debut, the thrill of an impromptu performance or an extraordinary sunset – while experimenting with brushwork, and the boundaries of my medium’s accepted limits.  My current work has been process focused and more abstract in nature.