Meet featured artist, Kelley Ramirez!
Ramirez's artwork is on display now at our Round Rock location through the end of April.
Originally from Miami, Kelley Ramirez has been an artist from the time she was in high school and went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from the University of Miami. After working for a year as a graphic designer, Ramirez came to the conclusion that she was the type of artist who likes to work with her hands. Designing artwork for others, she found, meant that her original design would get completely lost in the editing process. She desired an outlet that allowed for more creative freedom.
Ramirez and her husband moved around a lot for his career– from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, to Virginia, Maryland, and finally Austin. It was during a stint in Las Vegas, NV that she stumbled upon what is now her preferred medium: nail polish.
When clearing out a closet, Ramirez came across some old nail polish and began doodling with it on a piece of paper with a crocodile-like print. It was quickly forgotten about, but when she came across it again a year later, a lightbulb went off.
Ramirez enjoys working with nail polish because of the variety of colors and textures there are to choose from. She admits she gets some funny looks from cashiers when she goes into a local store to stock up on her "art supplies".
Initially, Ramirez worked with acrylic paint on all different surfaces. Her inspiration would often come from the vibrant Miami sunsets she remembers growing up, and that inspiration carries through to the artwork she creates today.
After learning that she was pregnant over two years ago, Ramirez took a break from painting. It has been only in the last year or so that she picked up the nail polish brush again, and her paintings have started drawing a lot of attention.
"I Think Pink" is the title of Ramirez's painting that was selected to hang in the People's Gallery at City Hall. If her painting garners the largest number of votes, City Hall will purchase it at the retail cost of $5,000.
In 2016, Ramirez and her husband opened UR Fit Wellness Center in Northwest Austin. The couple has been able to combine their passions (fitness and art) now that Ramirez has transferred her nail polish designs to leggings, which are available for purchase online or in-store.
When she's not painting, Ramirez enjoys Austin for what it's most famous for: its abundance of live music. She and her husband plan to start going to more shows now that their daughter is getting a little older. Ramirez also enjoys seeking out new vegan dishes at restaurants. Her favorite vegan items at Kerbey Lane are the pancakes and the chili.