About Kelly

Kelly Dietrich Mandala Artist

I'm a mandala artist living in Richmond, Virginia. My artwork is inspired by nature, infused with color, and joyfully created to promote health, peace, and happiness.

Growing up, my creative nature showed itself very early on and in a seemingly endless variety of ways: from borrowing huge font and type books from our local library and tracing the fonts with tracing paper, to rearranging my bedroom furniture every other week, to learning to crochet at age 10. In looking back, it is really quite fascinating to note that all of these things are still of interest to me now many years later.

My path to becoming a visual artist was a somewhat circuitous one. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Towson University in Baltimore, I moved to New York City to pursue a career in modern dance. After spending several years dancing with a modern dance company, the country girl in me couldn't take the endless noise of the city any longer, so I chose to leave both dance and the city behind and explore other areas of interest.

In the following years, I found myself working with Photoshop and was pulled into the great Internet boom creating web sites, new media, and graphic elements for online advertising. My husband (boyfriend at the time) and I were offered jobs in Connecticut working for one of the well-known Internet startups at the time, Cyberian Outpost. We continued working with the web even after leaving Connecticut, but gradually, I began to wish for more control over my creativity, to make something that was solely my own vision as opposed to it being directed by someone else's wishes.

Shortly thereafter, I began having what can only be called mystical experiences. We'd recently moved to Northern Virginia, and I was five months pregnant when these events began. They happened without warning on a weekly, and sometimes, daily basis with no logical explanation.

It was then that mandalas magically entered my life. One night while surfing the web I saw a series of mandalas created from nature photographs. They profoundly resonated with me, and I instantly knew that I would begin creating mandalas both as a creative outlet and as a means of acknowledging and honoring the metaphysical events occurring around me.

That was nearly sixteen years ago, and I am now even more captivated by mandalas, the information encoded within them, and their power to transform our lives for the better.

I hope you enjoy seeing my work. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or comments. I've loved the feedback I've received over the years and look forward to hearing your thoughts.

About Kelly

I'm a mandala artist living in Richmond, Virginia. My artwork is inspired by nature, infused with color, and joyfully created to promote health, peace, and happiness.

Growing up, my creative nature showed itself very early on and in a seemingly endless variety of ways: from borrowing huge font and type books from our local library and tracing the fonts with tracing paper, to rearranging my bedroom furniture every other week, to teaching myself to crochet at age 10. In looking back, it is really quite fascinating to note that all of these things are still of interest to me now many years later.

My path to becoming a visual artist was a somewhat circuitous one. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Towson University in Baltimore, I moved to New York City to pursue a career in modern dance. After spending several years dancing with a modern dance company, the country girl in me couldn't take the endless noise of the city any longer, so I chose to leave both dance and the city behind and explore other areas of interest.

In the following years, I found myself working with Photoshop and was pulled into the great Internet boom creating web sites, new media, and graphic elements for online advertising. My husband (boyfriend at the time) and I were offered jobs in Connecticut working for one of the well-known Internet startups at the time, Cyberian Outpost. We continued working with the web even after leaving Connecticut, but gradually, I began to wish for more control over my creativity, to make something that was solely my own vision as opposed to it being directed by someone else's wishes.

Shortly thereafter, I began having what can only be called mystical experiences. We'd recently moved to Northern Virginia, and I was five months pregnant when these events began. They happened without warning on a weekly, and sometimes, daily basis with no logical explanation.

It was then that mandalas magically entered my life. One night while surfing the web I saw a series of mandalas created from nature photographs. They profoundly resonated with me, and I instantly knew that I would begin creating mandalas both as a creative outlet and as a means of acknowledging and honoring the metaphysical events occurring around me.

That was nearly sixteen years ago, and I am now even more captivated by mandalas, the information encoded within them, and their power to transform our lives for the better.

I hope you enjoy seeing my work. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or comments. I've loved the feedback I've received over the years and look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Kelly Dietrich Mandala Artist

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