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Overwhelmed

This piece is inspired by song lyrics, that really spoke to the feeling of my anxiety. The stitches on lips help convey the analyzation and inability to speak. Being trapped within yourself, and struggling to fight your own mind. watercolor, charcoal, colored pencil, paper, wood panel, varnish

Secret Anticipation

The nightingale was chosen for the symbolic connection to love, secrets and anticipation. This piece is more so about secrets kept from myself, and the anticipation of unlocking them with love. An attempt to heal and discover myself after all of the pain. watercolor, charcoal, ink, paper, wood panel, varnish

Self Harm

I often have thoughts and actions of self harm. This piece shows very visually how those thoughts manifest in my mind. Though my acts of self harm have yet to escalate to the severity depicted. It's still a small glimpse into what plays in my head during dark times. alcohol ink, charcoal, colored pencil, acrylic, paper, wood panel, varnish

Won't Go Back

I recently had a severe flashback, that left me crying repeating, "I can't go back" and I wanted to work through that feeling of being dragged back into that space I so desperately didn't want to return to. Of clawing at the edges trying to stay out. I used this piece to work through those feelings, and I brought myself to a sense of empowerment. Which is why the title is "Won't Go Back" because I know I'm safe now and I never have to return to that place. watercolor, paper, charcoal, acrylic, wood panel, varnish

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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. Their passion for art history and pop culture influences their work. Their unique experiences have left them with PTSD,  that they choose to draw inspiration from. Art started as a way for Rice to cope with abuse and has grown to aid in their recovery from it. Their artwork has always represented personal hope for the future, and now helps them solidify and explore the progress they have made. Rice has also been using... more

Work exploring abuse and trauma

A collection of work exploring my past abuse, trauma and mental illness

  • Choice of Life

    I have a lot of feelings when it comes to abortion rights. With this piece I wanted to show that sometimes abortion is about making the choice for life. Abortion has saved my life. But also it’s my body, so I should be able to choose what happens to it. I can decide if my organs get donated after I die, or if my body is used to nourish the earth. I should have the right to choose what happens to my body while I’m alive. So this piece is illustrating my choice of life, the only life I want springing for from my body. That’s my choice, this is my life, I choose to live.
  • Overwhelmed

    This piece is inspired by song lyrics, that really spoke to the feeling of my anxiety. The stitches on lips help convey the analyzation and inability to speak. Being trapped within yourself, and struggling to fight your own mind. watercolor, charcoal, colored pencil, paper, wood panel, varnish
  • Self Harm

    I often have thoughts and actions of self harm. This piece shows very visually how those thoughts manifest in my mind. Though my acts of self harm have yet to escalate to the severity depicted. It's still a small glimpse into what plays in my head during dark times. alcohol ink, charcoal, colored pencil, acrylic, paper, wood panel, varnish
  • Won't Go Back

    I recently had a severe flashback, that left me crying repeating, "I can't go back" and I wanted to work through that feeling of being dragged back into that space I so desperately didn't want to return to. Of clawing at the edges trying to stay out. I used this piece to work through those feelings, and I brought myself to a sense of empowerment. Which is why the title is "Won't Go Back" because I know I'm safe now and I never have to return to that place. watercolor, paper, charcoal, acrylic, wood panel, varnish
  • Secret Anticipation

    The nightingale was chosen for the symbolic connection to love, secrets and anticipation. This piece is more so about secrets kept from myself, and the anticipation of unlocking them with love. An attempt to heal and discover myself after all of the pain. watercolor, charcoal, ink, paper, wood panel, varnish
  • Depression Hole Climb

    I always talk about my depression as being like a hole. When it's deep you can't see light or a way out. But when things are starting to get better you may be able to see light and the way out. You can see the hope and a way to climb. This piece is about my climb out of the hole. And one of the colors I usually see first when I start coming out is green. So green is my color of hope. ink, acrylic, charcoal, hotpress paper, yupo paper, wood panel
  • Safe

    Overall I just want to feel safe, that is my goal. I've been through so much and been hurt by people I wanted to love me. By people I thought loved me or was supposed to love me. watercolor, charcoal, ink, acrylic, paper, varnish wood panel
  • Broken

    This piece features a phrase I said out loud, while being berated in text. It was an intense moment, and I felt so hopeless. I just wanted it all to stop. But I wasn't strong enough to actually write it out at the time. I used this piece to take ownership of those words and put them into the world. To finally take a stand for myself and reclaim that moment.
  • Past Remembered

    I spent most of my life knowing my grandmother was dying. She was the family I was closest too for the longest time. All of my significant family members spent most of my life in poor health. That is a trauma in and of it self. To love someone so fiercely and know that your time with them is limited. I used to wear her ring, and I still have a fondness for yellow roses even now. They were her favorite and always remind me of her.
  • Take Heed

    This piece is about trying to protect your heart when even the universe is sending you signs you are going to get hurt. I was driving one day when I saw a leucistic red-tailed Hawk. It felt almost like an omen to me. I looked up symbolism for them when I got home, and saw loss for battle pop up as a possible meaning. I was having a bit of an argument at the time, and I knew even though I hoped for the best things probably wouldn’t work out. And I’ve been struggling with those feelings a lot lately. Wanting to believe the best in people and myself but then knowing I’m fighting a losing battle.

Mixed Media work on wood panels

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.

  • Neuromancer

    Cyberpunk Captain of the guard, strong and protective watercolor, charcoal, acrylic, paper, wood panel, varnish
  • Moonlight Hunter

    Soft fuzzy cat that does her best to protect those she loves watercolor, charcoal, colored pencil, acrylic, paper, wood panel, varnish
  • Sea Witch

    The witch that controls the seas. watercolor, paper, charcoal, acrylic, colored pencil, wood panel, varnish
  • Angelic Storm

    An angel holding her own in a metallic storm. watercolor, charcoal, acrylic, varnish, paper, wood panel
  • Goblin Energy

    A potion to give you that extra boost of chaos: Goblin Energy. alcohol ink, watercolor, acrylic, charcoal, hotpress paper, yupo paper, wood panel, varnish

Gender Euphoria

Gender Euphoria is a series of portraits of non binary people, the backgrounds use the non binary flag colors, and the hair colors represent a second gender related flag the individual also identifies with. Each model was asked to submit a photo where they were experiencing gender euphoria, feeling completely at home in their gender or lack there of, in case of agender individuals.

Rice's Curated Collection

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