encaustic painting


family & dogs in the woods

The family & dogs walking together in the woods.

This first blog post is an opportunity for me to introduce myself. I am an artist and arts educator. I have taught teens and adults for more than 20 years but I love seeing how young kids see and express their view of the world. In addition to my day job as a teacher, I have worked in the design industry for the past 15, primarily as a freelance exhibit designer and fabricator. A few years ago my husband and I formed a design company, Three Bee Studio, as a way to combine his graphic design background and my exhibit and model making background together. My personal and professional life often blur, in that I spend a lot of my time with my family or friends creating. Other than art, I love gardening, native southeast plants, walking and watching nature, cooking and repurposing things. My husband, Damu and daughter, I’ll call “S,” are often collaborators. We spend lots of time drawing or building all sorts of things. Our two playful dogs, two aging cats, and three chickens add to the craziness but they make life fun. You may hear about them from time to time when you visit here

The purpose of this blog is to share my process, encourage others to seek creative opportunities, and connections with other artists or educators. I also want to celebrate the people and events that I find of interest, especially in and around my hometown, Raleigh, NC. I will be sometimes discuss artists or art shows because I want the artists I know or follow to find success as much as I hope to find my own artistic successes or opportunities. Although trained as a sculptor, for the last 10+ years my personal production has predominantly focused on encaustic or acrylic painting.

As a mother, wife, business owner, educator and a person with lots of interests, it isn’t always easy to balance all that I need or want to do, but I hope this blog will be an opportunity to share a bit about my artistic endeavors.


I don’t have a comments section in the blog currently but I do welcome questions or constructive feedback. Please feel free to email me if you have something to say.

Author: Kelly Murray