Kelly McKernan is a fine artist and illustrator currently based in Nashville, Tennessee. Kelly obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kennesaw State University, with a concentration in drawing and painting.

At its core, Kelly’s work always revolves around two forces: A woman and a world. Whether in harmony or posed against one another, the two are always clearly delineated. Her subjects are often found staring into all that exists outside themselves—rights and wrongs, friends and foes, full and empty spaces—seeing them distilled into a single essence to contend with as she may. Kelly strives to create through exploration, leaving a trail which anyone might follow with the very same sense of discovery.

She has been exhibiting her work with numerous galleries since 2009, including notable spaces such as  Gallery 1988, Spoke Art, Arch Enemy Arts, and Subtext Gallery. She also began her work as an illustrator in the same year and has worked on numerous projects, including album artwork. Kelly is also a member of the PRISMA Artist Collective and a current Grumbacher Featured Artist.