Perhaps you’ve already noticed the colorful drawings of fresh produce, veggies and plants that have lined our walls upstairs for the past month. Our current artist, Kellie Cox-Brady, says, “The great thing about horticulture is there are so many different fields a person can work in. I feel that the several areas I have worked in (nursery production, landscape design and installation, retail nursery, floral design, etc.), have really influenced my art in a positive way.”
Kellie has been involved in plants and horticulture most of her life. Having grown up in a family business focusing on fresh and dried floral arrangements in Delaware, she was always gardening and drawing flowers, and eventually majored in landscape and horticulture plant science at the University of Delaware.
“I took a few courses in field sketching and art toward the end of my college career,” she explains.
“I realized I could do this as a career, I just needed to put two and two together!”
And so she did, and the result is a beautiful array of drawings that Waffle Frolic is very grateful to have set the mood here while were transitioning seasons.
That’s not all Kellie is involved in, however. She makes note cards, also available for purchase, and has currently become really excited about numerous mural projects in the works.
Kellie was a part of the 21 Boxes projects here in Ithaca, and has an electrical box of her own downtown. Can you spot her colorful botanical box? Soon enough, her designs should be easily recognized, as her next project will be a mural installation on the outside wall of Seneca garage – across from Bool’s flower shop. Look for her rendering of the Black-Eyed Susan!
At the Cornell Plant-Science building, you can find more murals that she’s illustrated, and a native plant coloring book is on the way.
If you’re interested in commissioning her for work, feel free to contact her via her website. And also be sure to stop by the Frolic to check out her work before the end of April.
For more info, visit www.kelliecox.com