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I have never seen watercolors with the technical mastery Kelly Eddington commands. There is also so much heart and such an embrace of color,” said film critic Roger Ebert, who spotted one of his books in the background of Eddington’s portrait of a little girl named Mabel in 2010. Kelly Eddington’s watercolors are surprisingly realistic. “I have always tried to take watercolor as far as it can go. Hearing my viewers say, ‘THAT’S a watercolor?’ always makes me smile,” she says. Eddington delights in creating a variety of textures and reflective surfaces in her still life paintings. “I find beauty in so many things, from a handful of glass beads to an apple blossom to a vintage guitar,” Eddington says. “As I paint, I always fall further in love with whatever it is that makes my subjects unique.” Kelly Eddington’s passion for watercolor began when she was a teenager in La Harpe, a small town in west-central Illinois. Currently living in rural Monroe City, Missouri, Eddington is a former art teacher with seventeen years of experience in Illinois’ public high schools. She has spent the past six years pursuing a career as a full-time artist. Eddington’s work is in private and public collections throughout the world, including Western Illinois University’s permanent library collection. She has a YouTube channel called Kelly Eddington Watercolors, where she demonstrates watercolor techniques and narrates her painting process. The channel has over 160,000 subscribers and nearly nine million views.