Bringing Winter to Life: The Shadowbox Art of Kelly Pousette

To see more of Kelly’s art, follow @kpousetteillustration on Instagram.

Winter has always been one of Kelly Pousette’s (@kpousetteillustration) favorite seasons. “There’s something really beautiful about a landscape with snow on it,” says the British Columbia-based artist. “There’s a lot of detail and intricacy you don’t see in the summertime.” Kelly has been drawing and painting since childhood, which evolved into her current shadowbox style. She cuts out her imagined characters and landscapes and stands them upright in a framed three-dimensional scene. “The layers create these amazing shadows; you can change the light and create a different scene without changing the pieces, or you replace one element and make an entirely different scene again,” she says.

The Vancouver native spends plenty of time outdoors to fuel her imagination. “Being outside really brings these scenes and animals to life for me,” says Kelly, whose spirit animal, a fox, makes frequent appearances in her shadowboxes — perhaps even in the ornament-sized version she’ll be creating for her Christmas tree this year.

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