Hello, I'm Gary Kelley.
I started my career in art as a designer, and a few years later decided to become an illustrator. I have been illustrating in earnest since around 1979, and have done just about every type of illustration job I can think of.
I work mainly in pastels for illustration, but also enjoy doing mono-types when I can sneak those in for jobs as well. My first mono-type was for Rolling Stone magazine several years ago; it was an image of Tom Cruise as Lestat, the vampire from Anne Rice's "Interview With the Vampire." The art director didn't know I was going to submit a mono-type, but liked the image and I sort of went from there, using that type of image when it felt appropriate.
I now do much of my work in oils, as making images is not about the medium, but the idea, composition, and personal point of view. I don't care what medium I use, as long as it communicates my intentions. I like the scale I can achieve using oils. I recently completed a mural for the University of Northern Iowa that is over 100 feet long, and as much as 10-15 feet tall.
I have been a faculty member with The Illustration Academy since it began in 1995. I liked the way it was run; like a true "academy," using the discipline to support the idea of fundamentals that the students could then use as a springboard for their own personal development. It is a drawing based program, and I really can get behind that idea.
Here are a few images, some old, some new. Pastels and oils and mono-types. I have a lot more at my website. I hope you click-on-by for a look.