I love to draw faces. Each face to me tells an intriguing story regardless of age, gender, race or background.
Kelvin was an emotionally sensitive child, and at about the age of eight he found himself drawn to the artistic potential of the humble pencil. He says: “I was able to create different tones and textures, and to create that illusion of colour. That has always been what has inspired me to continue.”
He has never lost that early fascination, and developed his natural gift, which came with an acute emotional intelligence and appreciation of the natural world.
Kelvin followed his passion for art and creativity, and graduated with a degree in Fine Art from Middlesex University in 2009. Over the next three years, he built a portfolio of more than 1,000 drawings – several dozen of which he was proud to display in public.
As soon as he submitted his work to open exhibitions, the awards began to pile up. He came to the attention of the media for what was known as his hyper-realist style, and appeared for the first time on the BBC London news.
That was the catalyst to recognition as a leading pencil artist. He has since made numerous TV appearances, and continues to build his impressive portfolio.
When the Covid-19 lockdown arrived in 2020, Kelvin recognised the opportunity to share his approach with people new to art and those who wanted to re-engage. “It was a perfect time for me to create this online academy,” he says. “People were indoors, a bit bored, and it was a way to help them to fall back in love with their creativity.”
Who is Kelvin? An artist, a creator, an educator.