Kelly Larson (urevig)

I am new to the art world, although the work I have created spans twenty years. My artwork is an exploration of my faith as I live, walk, and sometimes stumble in the world around me.

Growing up in a Christian home and church, naturally, has had an influence on my beliefs, but growing in God's word and in my faith is like taking baby steps as I go through life. Sometimes you have these "aha" moments, whereas other times you fall and take a couple of steps back. As a child, I remember my mom reading the book to me, "3 in 1 (A Picture of God)" by Joanne and Benjamin Marxhausen. It may have been the simple images of this book that set-in motion the style of my artwork. Attending the University of Wisconsin-Stout, I took my first screen printing class and discovered that I love taking a complex thought and breaking it down to its simplest form. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Interior Design, I lived and worked in Minneapolis, MN.

In 2000, I discovered a printmaking class at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and began incorporating scripture with the theme of the project that year. "What I Did on My Summer Vacation" led me to create my first piece, titled "Road Home", based on Matthew 7:13-14. Since then, most of my screen prints revolve around scripture.

The main inspiration for my artwork is God's word. As I read my Bible, images come to mind that I jot down, journal about, and eventually need to get out on paper. I have come upon objects, read words, been moved by a song, and experienced moments in life that also bring me back to a verse to inspire these simple images and their colors. When I view my prints, they remind me of my faith and the words I lean on.

As an artist, I feel the need to unwrap this gift that God has placed in my heart...To create art that would glorify Him, honor Him, and do it in such a way that evokes the words of my mother, "Keep It Simple".


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