Mary Kelly is my married name, although most people think it is my first name, which makes me laugh because I am never referred to as just "Mary".
I am a 44 year old mother of three, self proclaimed and proud nerd, amateur writer, and a makeup artist since 1996...and now candle maker.
I have a degree in Art History from The Ohio State University, spent the last 14 years working for a company in cosmetic retail, and have been everything from a consultant, an educator, and store manager.
It was during quarantine that I was reaching for new sources of creative expression. I did everything from learning how to make sourdough bread... to screen printing my own tote bags- but it was the emotional toll of covid-19 that pushed me to seek out methods of self care. I desperately needed a way to create sacred space, connect, and feel like I was helping people.
I bought a candle kit and was hooked.
The Artistic Journey
Through a website named model mayhem, a fashion editor for Gothic Beauty Magazine, and the most talented alternative photographer I have ever met named Laura Dark, my journey in makeup artistry began. My partnership with Laura continued to push me out of my comfort zone and together we created my favorite images to date.
I spent many years working with her exclusively, and at the time my company did not approve of it's employees freelancing or even being published. It was grey area. So ALL of my published work with Laura was under a stage name...until 2017.
I do not know what my future will be as a makeup artist. Until we have more concrete knowledge of this virus and how we can truly be safe, I will not be be taking appointments.
I have faith that this is all part of the cosmic journey, pushing all of us toward who we are meant to be.
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