Live Olive: Interview with Kelly Allen


I don’t like to be vain my dears, but to have oneself interpreted into painted form? To be seen as a muse in an artist’s eyes?  To pose for an up and coming Michelangelo?

I must say it is nothing short of thrilling to introduce the lovely Kelly Allen, a young and talented gal of repute who has offered to manifest my likeness in portrait form!

Her work is vibrant and beautiful, a wild collage of image and color that makes the eyes pop and the heart swoon.

Miss Kelly talks to us about her inspiration and what made her want to be an artist in the first place.

Kelly Allen at Work

Q: What stands out to you about Olive Oyl?

A: She’s not a classic beauty, but she speaks her mind, owns her style, and constantly has Popeye and Bluto chasing after her. Pretty rad if you ask me.

Q: What were your early inspirations that drew you toward art?

A: I was immediately attracted to any and all art material that was put in front of me. It’s always been an inherent part of me. My mom’s side of the family is very artistic, and I was always encouraged and appreciated for the things I’d create. I have always felt like I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing when I’m making art.

Q: Tell us about the process of creating your Olive Oyl piece?

A: I knew that I wanted Miss Olive Oyl have a nice big hairpiece. I wanted her to be queen of the jungle. I am very much inspired by the Brazilian samba singer, Carmen Miranda, and I wanted her to have that kind of feel. So I searched through my collection of cut out images to create the composition with a temporary collage sketch. When I was happy with the composition, I translated it into a large drawing with colored pencil. Voila!

Finished Olive Oyl by Kelly Allen

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