Kelly Eddington is a former high school art teacher who now works as a full-time watercolor artist. Kelly first became a U2 fan in 1982 and came on board as @U2's cartoonist 20 years later. Since then, Kelly has painted Bono at least 150 times (extremely conservative estimate) and has memorized all of the band's faces down to near-molecular levels. For the record, Edge is the easiest band member to paint, and Bono is by far the most difficult. Kelly finds painting all of their ears, hands, and guitars to be highly tiresome, but she is willing to dig deep and continue to paint them year after year in order to bring you, the reader, the very best U2 watercolor comedy available for free on the Internet.
Painting U2 repeatedly over the years has helped Kelly improve as an artist. She's faster and more accurate than she once was, and she has developed an array of watercolor painting techniques that she uses when painting her serious (i.e. "for money") portraits of everyday people, the majority of whom do not wear sunglasses or knit caps. Kelly also paints watercolor florals and still-life paintings. Her work has been exhibited in art competitions and one-person shows throughout the United States and in China and Belgium. She is a signature member of the Illinois and Missouri Watercolor Societies. Randomly and awesomely, legendary film critic Roger Ebert was a fan of Kelly's work, which he promoted in his blog and on Twitter.
Kelly lives in the woods of northeast Missouri with her husband Jeff and their two cats in a one-of-a-kind house made of styrofoam and steel.
Please visit Kelly Eddington's fine art website to view some of her original watercolor paintings. Prints of her work, including her U2 paintings, are here. She is @kellyeddington on Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Twitter.
You can watch Kelly paint on Kelly Eddington Watercolors, her YouTube channel. And if you would like to learn some of her painting techniques, Strathmore has produced two watercolor pads that include introductory material, step-by-step lessons, and videos created by Kelly.