Kellyann Monaghan


I explore as a painter landscapes, rural, urban and weather as a journey and stage for the drama of light, air, and movement. I attempt to see past the structured forms into the otherworldly qualities of the landscape. I am intrigued by the way light plays on natural configurations, energizing and describing turbulence. There is a mystery in the dynamics of light and atmosphere in contrast to the landscape structures.

Stormy weather and extreme climate conditions permeating the natural landscape have become a recent trajectory in my painting. The surface of the paintings erupts with textured and expressive gestural marks, which are depictions of sweeping weather events. The weather and natural disasters is an instinctive inspiration for my tendencies as an alla prima painter. I find there to be an unsettling beauty in observing mother-nature in this painterly approach.

My aim is to maintain an element of spontaneity and directness in the paint. A fluid and spontaneous quality in every paint stroke are very important to me. I primarily work all prima. I edit, emphasize and exaggerate structural and organic forms. The process allows for idiosyncratic and unexpected painterly qualities to occur. In my artistic process, I am responding directly from the landscape through descriptions of distressing climate events. I utilize these disrupting weather events in nature as visual images representing the anxieties and uncertainty of our contemporary world.

The nuances of light, atmosphere, and weather generate constant awe, sometimes fear and surprise. At times the awe is when you are hoping to see it and other moments it is a surprise in revealing spaces. The painting process is not just an analytical process for me, but is a cathartic revelation in every visual moment.