Featured Artist: Kelly Carmody!

The Discussion by Kelly Carmody 27″ x 38.5″ Oil on Linen | Grenning Gallery

Kelly Carmody. Her work is fabulous. I love her interiors, her florals, portraits, landscapes – but to me, this tells a story, and I’ve been on a kick lately about paintings that tell a story. The body language is fabulous, there is action and possibly tension and definite interest in whatever the subject is.

I like the darker, more dramatic setting – and the light on each person’s face. There is determination. Whatever is going on could be trivial or something more serious. It fascinates me to think of how many stories can come from a single painting. This is one you could look at forever and it would always get your mind going.

Oh, to be able to paint like Kelly! I cannot imagine. If you feel the same way and would like to learn from Kelly, check out the “Classes” link below. The Grenning Gallery has some beautiful paintings of Kelly’s (as do a few other galleries). Be sure to take a peek!


WEBSITE | Instagram | Facebook | Classes

About the Artist (via Kelly’s website):

Kelly Carmody has exhibited at venues including the Portrait Society of America and the Art Students League. Most recently, she was selected for the 2015 BP Portrait Award Show at the National Portrait Gallery in London and the 2016 Outwin Boochever Award at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.  In addition, the historic Guild of Boston Artists elected her to become a member in 2015,  she won the Edmund C. Tarbell Award in her first juried members show. The winning portrait is on the cover of July/August edition of Fine Art Connoisseur. She was awarded the Charles Movali Excellence in Painting Award in 2018.    In June of 2015 she received the Blanche E. Colman Award.  She was invited to exhibit in the 2016 American Masters show at the Salmagundi Club. In 2019 She won the Newcomb Award for Traditional Painting at the Rockport Art Association. In 2022 Carmody won the North Shore Arts Award from the Guild of Boston Artists.

She  currently has work at the Sloane Merrill Gallery in Boston,  the Guild of Boston Artists, and the Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor, Long Island.  Publications that have featured her work include American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, International Artist Magazine, Fine Art Today, Southwest Art, Studio Visit Magazine, Boston Magazine, and The Boston Globe. Carmody has won grants from the Ludwig Foundation, Turkey Land Cove Foundation, and Massachusetts Cultural Council, as well as receiving an Edward G. McDowell Travel Grant and the Walter Feldman Grant. In 2014 she won 3rd place in the Portrait Society’s International Portrait Competition.

Carmody attended Massachusetts College of Art and furthered her studies at the Art Students League and in the studio of Numael Pulido.

She paints and teaches with her husband, Viktor Butko,  in and around their Waltham, MA studio.




🥳 On another note: I’d like to give a shoutout to my dad who’s birthday is tomorrow!🕺 You’re the best of the best. Love you so much, thankful to have the best dad ever! YOU are amazing! 🥳 XO barbara 🙏❤️🙌

✍️ Until next time!


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