Kelli Van Overloop Freelance Artist
Kelli Van Overloop is a Michigan native who has been perfecting her self-taught technique with acrylics since 2008. She was born in Grand Rapids, MI in 1991 and has resided there since. She and her husband briefly lived in Washington State for 11 months in 2015 due to a job relocation. Kelli studied acrylics briefly in high school where she first found her passion for the medium. As a child, Kelli was always found with a sketch book and had a creative mind that just wouldn't quit. She always dreamed of becoming an artist, so after high school she attended Grand Rapids Community College for two years and Kendall College of Art and Design for one year as an illustration major. Realizing that she preferred more flexibility with her subject matter, she became a freelance artist. She has done multiple commission projects for clients from West MI to Washington and even California that include murals, charcoal drawings, and acrylic paintings.
Kelli's paintings are done in a photorealistic style and contain a great amount of detail. She enjoys doing landscape scenes. Kelli often works from a photograph while still managing to create a very real sense of space and atmosphere. Being in her 20s, Kelli is very new to the art world and still has a lot to learn. However, her list of achievements include a second place prize in Michigan for her acrylic painting "Banff National Park", and won Artist of the Month for the Whatcom Artist Guild in her first month of membership. She was also featured in the Bellingham Herald in a column about the Whatcom Artist Guild Art Show in May of 2015. Kelli offers a wide range of fine art mediums that include acrylic, watercolor, graphite and charcoal. She always welcomes custom pieces specific to the buyer.