Kelly Leahy-Radding received a Certificate of Botanical Art and Illustration from The New York Botanical Garden in June of 2002. She has been a graphic designer/illustrator since 1982. Kelly specializes in painting botanicals and natural history, developing her style with field observation on location, then translating her natural experiences to paintings in the studio. She paints with watercolors, gouache, and egg tempera, most recently painting on calfskin vellum. Kelly is a
member of The American Society of Botanical Artists. Kelly is an award winning designer/illustrator and artist who has exhibited her work in local solo, regional group, and national juried shows including the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation & the Horticultural Society of New York.
I became interested in botanicals and wildlife art after traveling to wild and beautiful places and keeping journals on my travels. This is what fuels me to create, to paint, honoring the spirit of nature.