Kelly L. Bourgeois

"Behold" | Kelly L. Bourgeois

Ebony and colored pencil on paper

“This drawing depicts the summit of our faith and the purpose of the Mass; Jesus fully present in the Eucharist, a supreme gift to us from the Father. This is His love poured out for us so that we may be in union with Him. The LORD said, ‘I will never leave you;’ the Eucharist is that promise fulfilled today.” 

-Kelly L. Bourgeois

Kelly L. Bourgeois

How old are you?

Have you had any formal training in the arts? Where? When? How long?
I have been creating art since I was in 2nd grade, about 7 years old.

What inspires your art? Who/what influences you?
I fulfill a lot of commissioned orders through my art business, Studio KB. So, the wants and needs of my clients influences me the most. When I have time to create art for myself, it is typically influenced by my Catholic faith.

How would you describe the style of your art?
I draw and paint in an array of art styles and mediums, including realism, abstract, and symbolism.

Who are your favorite artists? Favorite works of art?
The classic artists that I grew up studying in school are my favorites: Monet, Michelangelo, Van Gogh, etc. I truly appreciate all forms of art and I am constantly inspired by new and different mediums. I absolutely love architecture and am also inspired by it as a form of art.

What direction is your art taking now and where do you see yourself going? Do you have any new projects you are working on that you are excited about? Any new areas (types/styles of art, subject matters) you’d like to explore or try?
Lately, my personal art work is all religious based. I have about five painting ideas that I hope to complete soon. They all are focused on my faith and Catholic theology. Constant themes are the Holy Family, individually or together. I also have a growing (local) Catholic Church series of architectural drawings that I am always adding to. With my kids always watching me create art, I like to experiment and explore new mediums with them.

What do you do for a living? Do you create art professionally?
I left my career in the Interior Design profession to be a stay-at-home mom a few years ago. This allowed me an opportunity to  start my art business where I am constantly completing commissioned orders. I make prints (copies) of everything I create (including “Behold”) and am constantly selling my artwork. I also host mobile paint parties for children and adults.

Besides art, what are your other interests – professional or otherwise?
I enjoy photography and graphic design. I am a very active volunteering at my church parish, St. Anthony of Padua in Luling. I am also a board member of a non-profit group, Meghan’s Mission, which creates fundraising opportunities for youth to raise money to go on faith based pilgrimages to places such as Medjugorje.

Are you Catholic yourself? Are you a convert to the faith or a “cradle Catholic”?
I am a cradle Catholic. I come from a long line of very faithful Catholic family members.

Would you say that you have experienced a conversion or renewal of your faith at some point in your life? Did art play any particular role in your faith story?
I had a huge renewal in my faith over the past few years. The priest at my church, Father Anthony Odiong (whose hands were  the model for “Behold”), has significantly renewed my faith journey. His homilies and spiritual leadership has changed my faith life.

I can also contribute a spiritual renewal to visiting Medjugorje in 2019. You can’t experience a pilgrimage there and not be changed. Between that trip and being a part of the construction of the new Our Lady of Guadalupe Healing Chapel located next to my church in Luling, has intensified my devotion to the Blessed Mother as well.

This artist has chosen to not be involved with the Year of The Eucharist and St. Joseph Art Auction.