Kelisha Osborne was born January 25th in Los Angeles, California. She is the youngest of six children of a successful businessman and an accountant mother.
A self-taught artist, she exhibited from an early age a discerning interest for drawing and began painting with oils while in grade school. As an adult in Denver, Colorado, she continued her creative outlet working toward a career
in the architectural field. However, a chance encounter with an agent, Kelisha took a diversion into modeling signing as a runway model. Never abandoning her art she traveled with sketchbooks, charcoals and pastels. Despite the incentives that modeling provided, craving only to get back to her roots and re-evaluating that she wanted more substance in her life, Kelisha took a temporary sabbatical from the fashion industry.
Having since worked in a variety of artistic settings, as a result, she has continued her creative pursuit of painting and sketching thereupon parlaying her talent into additional
opportunities. She began designing videos also, editorial layouts and illustrations for clients, as well as designing
for magazines. With her strong background in advertising
it wasn't long before she was offered a position as Senior Account Executive with a public relations firm. Working primarily in the advertising industry, Kelisha had limited
time for painting. She later accepted a position with a popular cable news and sports television station as an Advertising Consultant allowing more time for painting and exhibitions. Kelisha continues her career in the advertising industry and maintains an exclusive stable of clients.
Kelisha is an instinctual painter with a diverse range of style, and has chosen abstraction as her main tenor for its infinity of perceptions. She hand builds and stretches her own canvases and while working in traditional enamels,
acrylics and watercolors, she also incorporates sand, papers, wood, plaster and many non-traditional materials into her pieces. Working in 'skins' or multiple layers of brush strokes, pourages or unconventional techniques of application, her finished pieces vary from highly complex to
minimalist and pure with colors conveying emotion all of which are made with the sincerest conviction.
Participating in numerous exhibitions in addition to several celebrity auction galas, Kelisha has also been selected recipient of numerous nominations and awards for her works, including the coveted Canson Award presented by David Lawrence, Dean of Humanities, Film and Cinematographer on behalf of the Fine Arts Institute of The San Bernardino Museum also, an Award of Merit presented by Nancy Di Benedetto, Adjunct Professor of Art, Marymount Manhattan College, New York art critic, historian and noted lecturer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art on behalf of The Manhattan Arts, New York, New York.
When she is not in studio, exhibiting or traveling, Kelisha
spends her time at home just outside of Park City, Utah with her family and Newfoundland dog, Captain Morgan's Seafaring Rum Runner [affectionately] known as Morgan.
She is a Creative Member of American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT), as well as a member of the Berkeley Arts Center, Berkeley California. Kelisha also actively supports both Americans for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC.
Her pieces are held by numerous private collectors and in corporate collections internationally.
"The Master in the art of living makes little
distinction between his work and his play,
his labor and his leisure, his mind and his
body, his education and his recreation, his
love and his religion. He hardly knows which
is which. He simply pursues his vision of
excellence in whatever he does, leaving
others to decide whether he is working or
playing. To him, he is always doing both".
~Zen Buddhist saying
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