Bitten by the plein air bug watercolor artist John C Kelty strives to create an atmosphere through the inclusion of human elements and the use a personal calligraphy of brushstrokes. The result is a visual narrative that captures a moment in time. Painting on location has given his work a freshness and spontaneity that was missing in the studio.

John was born and raised in New Haven Indiana as one of thirteen children. He attended the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne Indiana and graduated with a degree in Commercial Art. He went on the work in the printing industry in many capacities for the next twenty years. He works exclusively in watercolor and exhibits at many regional and local shows. He is a member of the Watercolor Society of Indiana, the Hoosier Salon, the American Watercolor Society, the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association and is the current president of the Fort Wayne Artists Guild.

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