Kelly Ventura is a Michigan-based watercolor artist who brings her love of nature into the home with the expressive strokes of her paint brush. After college, Kelly moved to New York, then Connecticut as a studio assistant for boutique wallpaper and rug companies. It was here that Kelly discovered surface design and how to bring a sketch to life on a product. After five years designing product for a gift and home wholesaler, Kelly began building her namesake brand and a list of freelance clients.
Nature is a constant source of inspiration for Kelly; with its changing seasons, there is always a delightful surprise to capture. Color, texture, light, flowers and leaves are recurring themes in Kelly’s work, which she brings to life through her well-known gestural style. With natural motifs and earthy color schemes, the artist’s watercolor images translate beautifully to decor, fabrics and wallpapers for the home.
In her spare time, the artist paints, thrifts, collects chairs, and enjoys spending time with her husband and three young boys.
Kelly’s sister Jen is the brand’s head of operations. With a degree in supply chain management from Michigan State University, Jen was cut out for running the day-to-day operations of the brand, doing just about everything, but the painting and pattern-making. Jen manages the wallpaper and fabric side of the business, along with product launches, collaborations, orders and keeping the books up to date.
Prior to supporting Kelly Ventura Design, Jen worked for Kimberly Clark in supply chain and sales roles. Jen has a penchant for DIY projects and a deep appreciation for well-designed spaces. She loves a good IKEA hack and fixing up second-hand furnishings. In her spare time, Jen enjoys visiting state parks and the Great Lakes with her husband, two sons, and daughter in their revamped travel trailer.
Ventura’s signature florals and gestural patterns are a breath of fresh air, waiting to inspire the everyday into something imaginative and unique.