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Pride

Mixed media on oval wood panel, ink, acrylic, paper, yupo paper, charcoal, resin. The colors are representative of pride flag colors. Blue/red/black for polyamory, pink/yellow/blue for pansexual, black/white/purple/yellow, for non-binary. The whole piece is an exploration of identity, and trying to be out and comfortable with all aspects of myself

Tread Softly

Mixed media on wood panel, acrylic, ink, paper, charcoal. The tread softly flowers, look small and delicate but have thorns to protect themselves. Used a symbol of fragile strength, the flowers are prominent reminder of strength, the monochromatic palette lends to the feeling of wanting to blend in for safety. Wanting to protect yourself when you feel so fragile.

Beautiful and Broken

Taking inspiration from Kintsugi that even though something or in this case someone may be broken they can still be beautiful. After abuse and hardships I'm still putting the pieces back together. I may have cracks but I'm still worthy, still beautiful. The flowers are a symbol of healing. Mixed media on paper, acrylic, ink, charcoal, colored pencil

Lunar Rabbits

An exploration of identity, in relation to the Japanese myth of the rabbit in the moon. Having identified a bit with nickname of bunny and developing an affinity rabbits, having myself reclining reaching out for a literal rabbit is a symbol of me trying to reach for feelings of belonging and self identification. Mixed media on wood panel, ink, acrylic, paper, charcoal

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About Rice

Baltimore County

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Rice McKelvin is a mixed media portrait artist that lives in the Baltimore area. Her passion for art history and pop culture influences her work. Her unique experiences have left her with PTSD,  that she chooses to draw inspiration from. Art started as a way for Rice to cope with abuse and has grown to aid in her recovery from it. Her artwork has always represented personal hope for the future, and now helps her solidify and explore the progress she has made. Rice has also been using her art to... more

Mixed Meida

I am currently working in a mix of media. Mainly using charcoal to render the likeness of my subject. I add color with paints and inks to build a base and add layers to the finished work. Creating a greater sense of depth and a unique combination of realism, action painting, and pop art. I am influenced by an avid interest in art history and pop culture. I am exploring personal connections and experiences in the themes of my work.

  • Lunar Rabbits

    An exploration of identity, in relation to the Japanese myth of the rabbit in the moon. Having identified a bit with nickname of bunny and developing an affinity rabbits, having myself reclining reaching out for a literal rabbit is a symbol of me trying to reach for feelings of belonging and self identification. Mixed media on wood panel, ink, acrylic, paper, charcoal
  • Beautiful and Broken

    Taking inspiration from Kintsugi that even though something or in this case someone may be broken they can still be beautiful. After abuse and hardships I'm still putting the pieces back together. I may have cracks but I'm still worthy, still beautiful. The flowers are a symbol of healing. Mixed media on paper, acrylic, ink, charcoal, colored pencil
  • Tread Softly

    Mixed media on wood panel, acrylic, ink, paper, charcoal. The tread softly flowers, look small and delicate but have thorns to protect themselves. Used a symbol of fragile strength, the flowers are prominent reminder of strength, the monochromatic palette lends to the feeling of wanting to blend in for safety. Wanting to protect yourself when you feel so fragile.
  • Pride

    Mixed media on oval wood panel, ink, acrylic, paper, yupo paper, charcoal, resin. The colors are representative of pride flag colors. Blue/red/black for polyamory, pink/yellow/blue for pansexual, black/white/purple/yellow, for non-binary. The whole piece is an exploration of identity. I wish to be open and comfortable with all aspects of myself.
  • Moon Fae

    Exploration of ethereal beauty on a crescent moon shaped panel. Mixed media on wood panel, ink, acrylic, paper, charcoal
  • Cleaver

    Work on paper, mounted to shaped wood panel. Watercolor, acrylic, charcoal. The model is fierce and dangerous, but captivating. I wanted to capture violent beauty, with red splatters and spreading darkness from the bottom. Hard but soft pose, and a non binary model. Exploring seemingly opposing aspects, beauty and violence.
  • Safe Space

    Wanting to evoke a feeling of vulnerability while also showing the very real experience I have of curling up into small spaces when I'm feeling low or panicking. I feel safe in small enclosed spaces and retreat to them. The background is the chaos that surrounds me, while I curl into myself and try to find peace. Mixed media, yupo paper, watercolor paper, ink, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal
  • Water Spirit

    Mixed media on wood panel, paper, ink, charcoal, acrylic. The frogs are symbols of change and metamorphosis, finding comfort in one's own identity. floating through the waters of change and embracing the new you
  • Gemini Star Gazers

    Star shaped wood panel, alcohol ink, paper, watercolor, acrylic. The two twins represent two aspects of my gender, femme and more middle androgyny. Tinted silver, the twins are two celestial beings, related and belonging to the night sky.

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