The best way to understand why Kelly’s encaustic workshops are different is to hear from real students. Kelly’s workshops live & breathe as the students do–instruction is uniquely tailored to each individual student’s strengths, challenges, and interests, and goes beyond encaustic technique into the realms of personal intention, inner critique challenges, and developing a deeper vocabulary for content-oriented art.


“As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have to make sure to incorporate self-care into my life. Otherwise, I would burn out quickly. Encaustic (hot wax) painting has become one of my favorite therapeutic activities. Painting allows for mindfulness to occur, which leads to contentment.”

-Meghan Farrell, RN, MSN, PMHNP

“I was nervous when I signed up for the encaustic workshop with someone I didn’t know. I was immediately put at ease with Kelly’s easy and down to earth personality. I felt very comfortable using the equipment, experimenting with the materials, and asking questions. Kelly gave several demonstrations but there was also lots of time to paint. I got a lot out of the workshop and plan to return for more.”

-Melissa Sullivan

"I came from Montana to take an encaustic workshop with Kelly. I felt welcomed and at ease as soon as I walked through the door at her beautiful studio. I can recommend without hesitation a session with her. It was kept to a small number of students and tailored to each individual, so every minute I felt I was learning at my skill level. Kelly's teaching style is upbeat, fun, inclusive, and encouraging. I felt like I was taking a class from a friend. She is very open with her knowledge and is excited to see what we'll create. Hopefully I'll be able to take another workshop with her in the future!"

-Malissa Kelly

“I enjoyed a relaxing and fun afternoon in Kelly’s beautiful new encaustic studio space. She was open and flexible regarding the varying needs and interests of the class. She knew I was particularly interested in figurative work and made sure to address some specific new techniques for me to practice. I particularly liked the demos. The 3 hours flew by under her knowledgeable guidance.”

-Sharon Jonquil