Character captured through pencil and brush

Kelsey Adams's intricate details to her pencil drawings portrays many of the things she enjoys most in life. Making them even more extraordinary is that she is a self-taught artist. 

Adams did learn a lot from her father, Monte Albert, as she was growing up in Cawker City as he created many of his works on  old saws. 

"I always thought they were so neat," said Adams. "He showed me the basics and I look up to him and still show him my work for final  approval today."

Adams started artwork at a young age in grade school. She later enjoyed high school art classes before graduating from Waconda East in 2002. She always wanted to attend some college art classes but was never able to fit it into her schedule as she graduated from Kansas State University in Microbiology and Clinical Laboratory Science. 

Today, Adams works PRN as a Medical Technologist at the Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems and still helps her dad on the farm. After marrying her husband Tim Adams in 2007, she is now mainly a stay-at-home mother of three children,   Kemper who is seven, Reed four and Elle at nine months old, which take most of her time and energy. Although time is a big issue on accomplishing artwork, Kelsey Adams says it is a therapy thing. On an average, it takes several days for her  to complete a piece if she can work on it for an extended period.

"Once I get started, I am fine," said Adams. "It's just finding the time to do it. It is good for me to be given a deadline."

Among several hats she wears, Adams has also been teaching paint parties for over two years now. She supplies everything and leads the class step-by-step to create their own painting.

"Most people think they aren't artistic but once they are done, they are very pleased with what they've created.  I love to help people create art and see all of their different styles," said Adams. "I've really enjoyed teaching and getting to meet so many great people in Beloit and the surrounding communities."

Adams has done private parties, birthday parties,various fundraising events  and teaches some  classes at the Kettle and the Beloit Arts Center.   She works mainly in pencil drawings as she has always been a little scared of color, but several years ago she attended an oil painting work shop by Kaye Franklin at the Hansen Museum in Logan. Since then, Adams has been moving forward on some colorful pieces.

"I have been doing a lot more with oil and I really enjoy them," she said.

Adams does  mostly  commission work and has completed a lot of dog portraits recently  by request, as she is well known for wildlife drawings and portraitures. She has displayed her work in the Beloit Holiday Fair and the Mitchell County Fair in Beloit but hopes on getting into some more art shows when her kids are older and she has time to create more original pieces. For now, she concentrates on commissions for other people

"Most of my subjects are very personal and it means a lot to me when someone gets emotional when I give them their finished drawing or painting," said Adams. "To memorialize someone or something is a very important and meaningful task, and I strive to do my best."

As Adams continues to develop in her artistic abilities, she has always looked up to Marilyn Hake's artwork style. Hake is an artist from Tipton and draws pencil illustrations of people and places of interest in the midwest. Adams says she admires Hake, who she has never met. 

"It is the ultimate compliment to me, that people compare my work to Hake's," Adams said. "I like the outdoors and also the Midwestern theme. I like to catch the character of individuals with different textures and details. I love history and capturing those moments."

Adams' work can be seen hanging at the Beloit Floral shop, where her Aunt Vicki Albert-Hayden owns the business. She sells her prints and hopes on getting her work to other various places.  She can be reached on her Facebook page Kelsey Adams Art. She can be also be messaged on Facebook or  emailed at 


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