Kelly Marshall is a San Diego-based abstract painter with a rich background in painting, printmaking, and art of the book.  Her work is a reflection on her shared experience as an artist and educator.  After almost 20 years of work with children with special needs in the art studio and classroom, she has honed her urgent commitment to thinking about and making art with people who move and think differently.  Paintings often begin with bold colors and then are layered, scraped, built, and deconstructed through neutrals and additive negative space.  Hidden colors and implied shapes contemplate relationships in nature, organic structures, and systems.  Embedded in her work are subtle challenges to societal constructs, sense of place, and the female experience.  Kelly works in acrylic paint, found pages, collected bits, and materials sourced from student projects.  Her paintings are deliberate, intuitive, and a reflection of her social practice.

Kelly Marshall

San Diego Native


B.A Applied Art & Design

   emphasis: Printmaking and Artist Books

   2000 San Diego State University 

M.S. Special Education 

   2004 National University 

I have spent my life in San Diego and owe much of my inspiration to my beautiful home.  


Five3 Gallery https://www.five3gallery.com/

LagunaArt Gallery lagunaart.com/

OffTrack Gallery Encinitas https://sandieguitoartguild.com/

Saatchi Online www.saatchiart.com/kellymarshallfineart

Singulart Online https://www.singulart.com/en/artist/kelly-marshall-4715

Awards & Grants


    September - OffTrack Gallery Juried Exhibition

                        Honorary Mention

    June - Fusion Gallery Shapes & Objects Exhibit Juried Exhibition



    October - Light Space Time Gallery Patterns Juried Exhibition

                   Special Merit Award


    Travel Grant -  San Diego State University 

                            Art of Japan 




In the Community 

September  - November 2019

OffTrack Gallery Encinitas Group Show

July 2019

Art Santa Fe Opus Collective Group Exhibition

Jen Tough Gallery 

June 2019 Finalist

Shapes & Objects Juried Competition

Fusion Gallery 

February 2019

ArtFest Group Show 

October 2018

Patterns Art Exhibit

Special Merit Award

Light Space Time Gallery

October 2018

LagunaArt Gallery 

ArtWalk Group Show

May 2001 

San Diego State University 

Group Show Flor Y Canto Gallery 

November 2000 

Love Library Group Show 


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