Pyrographic Art - The Art of Burning

Hello, let me introduce myself. My name is Kelly Deakin (formerly Kelly Carter). Art has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My father was a photographer and my mother a painter, neither by trade but by love. The only formal art training I have had was at Ucluelet Secondary School under a really great teacher Judy McIntyre as well as a distance education commercial art course. The rest is self taught, perseverance and a love for creating!

As most artist do, I have dabbled in a variety of mediums from pencil sketch, to painting watercolour, acrylic and oil, to crafting, photography and wood burning. My medium of choice, Pyrographic Art, a fancy way of saying wood burning, I love to burn!

I am extremely passionate about creating commissioned pieces, I do not create templates or pre draw a design, I generally just go for it and hope for the best. Recently working on larger pieces I have sketched in a few outlines just to make sure the proportions are correct, once something is burned there is no way to erase it and start over other than to sand the piece down which is not always doable and sometimes the burn is too deep for sanding to work. Lots of Faith and practise.

Nature and fairy tales are my main inspiration, living on the West Coast of Canada provides an abundance of both. I am always willing to try new subjects, ideas and canvas’s.

I am a member of the Pacific Rim Arts Society, The Community Arts Council of the Alberni Valley, Alberni Art Rave and the Federation of Canadian Artists.

I participate yearly in the Island Arts Magazine Calendar, as many juried art shows as time allows, Art Splash an Annual Art Show during Pacific Rim Whales Festival & Alberni Art Rave. In 2016 I travelled to London England to participate in the Parallax Art Fair which lead me to be invited to be an exhibitor at Gabriel Fine Arts for one year —

Some of my work can be purchased through: