Photo credit: James Webert

Kelly Singleton was born and raised in rural Maryland. Her passion for animals was instilled early on and growing up she expressed this passion through art. She went on to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art where she graduated with a BFA in illustration. This led to a career as a graphic artist, which she did for over 20 years, all the while seriously painting and exhibiting her wildlife paintings in her spare time. In 2018, she went full time with her art and relocated to northern Colorado where she has been inspired by its wildlife and rugged beauty.

Kelly makes frequent trips into local and national parks of the western United States to observe and gather reference of wildlife. These trips fuel inspiration for new work. The artist feels the best part of being a wildlife painter is the fieldwork. Back home in the studio, Kelly brings her paintings to life in oils. She hopes that her work brings attention to the beauty of nature and that it also conveys the importance of preserving it.

She is a Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists and has won several of their awards, including their coveted Award of Excellence. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum and many private collections. Kelly has exhibited her work in numerous exhibitions including: Birds in Art, Art and the Animal, Small Works Great Wonders, Night of Artists, Mountain Oyster Club Art Show, The Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art, The Bosque Classic, and Art of the Animal Kingdom.

Kelly and her husband, Jimmy reside in Firestone, CO with their boxer, Bodie.


Society of Animal Artists


Tulsa, OK

ARTZLINE - America's Online Gallery


American Art in Miniature, Gilcrease Museum: 2007-2009

Art and the Animal Kingdom: 2012

Art for Conservation: 2008

Art for the Sangres: 2019

Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum: 2006, 2008, 2016

Bosque Art Classic: 2009

Empire 100 Western Art Show & Sale: 2009

Icons of the West, Dana Gallery: 2015

Kentucky National Wildlife Art Exhibit: 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2018

Legacy Gallery's Holiday Small Works Show: 2014

Mountain Oyster Club Contemporary Western Art Show & Sale: 2018

Night of Artists, Briscoe Western Art Museum: 2017-2020

Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art, Legacy Gallery: 2011, 2013

Small Works, Great Wonders, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum: 2016-2019

Society of Animal Artists, Art and the Animal: 2007, 2009-2010, 2012-2013, 2015-2017

Society of Animal Artists, Small Works ~ Big Impressions: 2007-2009

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, Charleston, SC: 2008-2009

The Best and the Brightest Juried Fine Art Show, Scottsdale Artists School: 2013

Waterfowl Festival, Easton, MD: 2006, 2010-2011, 2016-2017, 2019

Western Spirit Art Show & Sale: 2005, 2010


Fourth Place: Art-Competition.net "Animal Life" 2018 International Fine Art Competition - 2018

Volunteers' Choice Award: Small Works, Great Wonders - 2018

Best In Show: Richeson 75 Online Animals, Birds and Wildlife - 2017

Honorable Mention: Art-Competition.net "Nature" - 2016

Award of Excellence: Fall National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) International Online Exhibition - 2015

Honorable Mention: Art-Competition.net "Animals Wild or Domestic 2" - 2015

Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine Editor's Choice Award: Society of Animal Artists 55th Annual Art and the Animal Exhibition - 2015

Award of Excellence: Society of Animal Artists 55th Annual Art and the Animal Exhibition - 2015

John Stanley Hoffman Memorial Award: Kentucky National Wildlife Art Exhibition - 2014

First Place Water Media: Scottsdale Artists' School Best & the Brightest Juried Fine Art Show - 2013

President's Award: Society of Animal Artists 52nd Annual Art and the Animal Exhibition - 2012

Best Head Portrait: American Academy of Equine Art Fall Open Juried Exhibition - 2012

Best In Show: Richeson 75 Online Animals, Birds and Wildlife - 2011

First Place Water Media: Irving Arts Association 10th Annual Wildlife Art Exhibit - 2011

Merit Award: Maryland Pastel Society Shades of Pastel Exhibition - 2011

Honorable Mention: Watercolor Artist Magazine, Water Media Showcase Competition - 2011

Merit Award: 17th International Miniature Art Show, Seaside Art Gallery, Nags Head, NC - 2008

Don Eckelberry Scholarship Award from the Society of Animal Artists - 2007

Haller Distinguished Young Artist Award from the Society of Animal Artists - 2006

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