Kelly Brown is a mixed media artist from Toledo currently living in Maumee, Ohio.   Kelly graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree majoring in Illustration in 1996. She established a faux finish and mural business, Art by Kelly, in 2001. Kelly has done faux finish and mural work for numerous residential clients and local businesses. She apprenticed for a year in 2002 with Murals ‘n More in Toledo and then trained at the Martin Alan Hirsch Decorative Finishes Studio in Louisville, Kentucky in 2003, as well as at Patricia’s Decorative Arts Studio & Academy in Dayton, Ohio in 2007.
She won the 2005 Parade of Homes People’s Choice Award. In 2008 she completed work at the Fat Fish Blue Home of the Funny Bone restaurant and comedy club in Perrysburg, Ohio at Levis Commons. She transformed the walls of El Tipico restaurant in South Toledo which underwent a major remodel in 2012. She has done extensive mural and faux finish work in all three Carpets by Otto showrooms in Perrysburg, Holland, and Toledo. After years of working on full size walls hand painting murals and faux finishes, she is happy to refocus on creating artwork on paper, canvas, wood panel, and creating tiny miniatures. Kelly is also the marketing & design director for  her family’s flooring store, Carpets by Otto. Kelly gets her inspiration from an appreciation of nature, and a tenacious approach to “pushing paint” and working from the heart. She loves to spend time with her husband Michael.