Friday, June 1, 2012

Kelly Borsheim

“L’Inverno” © Kelly Borsheim

Name: Kelly Borsheim
Bio: Kelly Borsheim was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1964. After moving to central Texas, her art career took off in photography, specialising in laboratory work and then photo restoration. In 1992, she studied line, tone, and colour for a year before going out on her own to draw from life. In late 1994, she began to study sculpture at the Elisabet Ney Sculpture Conservatory.
Since her first painting sale in October 1997 Kelly's paintings and sculptures are now in private collections throughout the United States and in Australia, Canada, Italy, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand.
While her love of the ocean is evident in her aquatic sculptures, she is best known for communicating ideas in her work with the human figure. Kelly sculpts in clay and wax for casting limited edition bronze sculptures, as well as carving directly in stone (usually marble or alabaster) for one-of-a-kind works of art. Although primarily a sculptor, she believes that drawing is the essence of all of the visual arts and continues to draw from live models and paint nudes from life as well.
Medium: Pastel, oil, acrylic, bronze, marble. Kelly Borsheim first started working with pastel when she became an amadonnara (street painter) in Florence, Italy, in September 2007. Knowing that the art would not last more than a day, she had the freedom to explore layering of colours in a way that might not have happened otherwise. Now she finds herself longing at times for the roughness of worn stone on which to apply her pastels!
Subjects: Figurative in the main.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Links remain available on top of page.
Gallery: Painting; subgalleries: Pastel Paintings; Charcoal;  – and lots of other headings.
Image View: Thumbnails open in new page. Dimensions and medium are given, together with some background on each image. Download is permitted.  L’Inverno is 18 x 25 ins, 600 x 432, 67 KB
Blog: is the link to her Florence-based blog.


  1. As an artist myself, I am such a fan of Kelly and her art work. The dimension and depth, saturation of color, and sense of movement in this mysterious piece is stunning.

    1. Lisa, I believe the cross-fertilization that artists who work in other media bring to their pastels is invaluable. The fact that Kelly is a sculptor is evident in this remarkable piece. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  2. Wow, thank you! I just found this while checking out a possible scammer, which made me curious on what my own address... very kind, both of you!