Hi! My name is Kertu (Laur) Kelem and I am a Fine Artist, living currently with little-big family (we have four little children!) in Lincoln, United Kingdom. Am so happy to see you visit! A little bit about myself now..
I have been drawing and painting for so many years, that I don’t remember the time that I wasn’t making anything. When I was 13 I entered the Tallinn Children’s Art School, attending classes there 4 times a week for 4 years. It was almost every day, after my day time school. After graduating from secondary school, I had the opportunity to go and study in USA.
After 4 years of study in Fine Arts and Painting, I graduated from Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA, School of Arts with an Honours Degree in BFA in Painting. I then continued my path in Art Education, further receiving an MA in Art Education from Tartu University, Estonia.
I has over 20 years of experience in working within the field of Arts & Design in Estonia, Israel and UK, where my work can be found in private collections. I have taken part in a few group exhibitions. I have also taught digital design as well as had a business in web design.
Sometimes the right music triggers the flow, which helps me paint. Sometimes the right light, or time of day. But almost always, I need to be alone. It is a form of meditation, listening without hearing, seeing without looking, observing the depts of my soul and spirit and bringing to light what lies beneath. I’m not afraid to make drastic changes, in the end, it’s almost like the painting has it’s own life, which I simply help to deliver.
I love to explore colour harmonies, textures and mixed media, creating vibrant landscapes of the mind. Here you can view and purchase my original paintings on canvas and on paper, created to bring colour and joy to your environment. I am also available for commission work.
Our four amazing children, this is a picture from about 3 years ago, so they are all taller and more grown up now. Even though I didn’t concentrate much on art during the past 10 years – it’s been all about being pregnant, breast feeding, then pregnant again.. all a bit of a haze these days, these four are the greatest creation of all!