Painting Title: Janis Joplin – Watercolor on Arches – 2012

Jacki Kellum essentially has 3 masters degrees–one of which is in painting and one of which is English, with an emphasis in writing.  For her master’s degree in English, Kellum wrote her thesis on William Blake, the author/illustrator of Songs of Innocence and Experience. Like William Blake, Jacki Kellum both writes and makes visual art.  Also like Blake, much of Kellum’s research has to do with childhood, the inner child, and how the loss of the inner child affects the human spirit. Kellum views the writing of Memoir as a way to reclaim one’s inner childhood.

Being an artist is a way of Being–of Becoming Aware–of Increasing from Within–of Wondering–and of Inventing because of that Wonder. – Jacki Kellum


Because of her work with visual art, Jacki Kellum is particularly sensitive to visual images associated with writing and blogging. Many of the Free Memoir Challenge exercises are designed to help participants sharpen their appreciation of visual imagery and to help them write more descriptively.

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Tulips In the Pink – Watercolor – Painted 2015


Thanksgiving Across the Lake – Watercolor Painted 2014


December – Watercolor Painted 2014 – Painting Tribute to Joni Mitchell




Wild Arnica & Alpine Painted on Location in Alaska 2012



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