Anna T. Kelly was born in China and grew up in Taiwan. For as long as she can remember she has been attracted to the visual arts. After receiving her bachelor of science degree in textile engineering, she worked in fabric design and began training in fine arts in the studios of Professor J.Y. Chen and Professor Lee Teh. She learned Chinese painting under Professor H.N. Au.   

In 1975, she came to the United States. Whenever the opportunity arose, she pursued her artistic interests. She studied art at Pasadena City College, and, beginning in 1995, she took part in a comprehensive fine arts curriculum at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, studying under artist and art historian Richard Lees. She continues to participate in various courses and workshops offered by Chinese and American masters including Zhou Shuqiao, Jove Wang, John Budicin and Kathryn Stats.


Anna is an Artist Member of the California Art Club and a member of the Oil Painters of America and the Pasadena Society of Artists. In the last five years, Anna's work has been juried into many events of local, statewide and national importance.

From over 200 invited artists, 58 paintings were selected for display in the 2009 "Contemporary Masters, Artistic Eden II" invitational exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of History in Pasadena, California. Anna's painting "Float Tents, Rose Bowl" received the prestigious Museum Purchase Award and will join the museum's collection of works by California impressionists.
      Anna's sensitivity to color and her unusual and emotive subjects give her paintings a special character that makes them especially attractive to collectors. She says, "I consider myself a portraitist, not only of people, but of daily life. I try to paint what I love, in order to share my affection with those who view my art."

Anna's juried regional and national exhibits have included:


2005 Annual National Open Exhibition, Allied Artists of America, New York City

2005 80th Annual Show, Pasadena Society of Artists, Burbank, CA

2005 Carmel Annual Plein Air Painting Exhibiiton, Carmel, CA

2005 Regional Show, Oil Painters of America, Santa Barbara, CA

2005 Annual Plein Air Competition, San Luis Obispo, CA

2005 -2006 Affaire in the Garden, Beverly Hills, CA

2006 91st Annual Show, Pasadena Society of Artists, Sherman Oaks, CA. Best Portrait Award

2006 Pasadena Society of Artists' Spring Show, White's Gallery, Montrose, CA. Honorable Mention

2007 California Art Club 96th Annual Gold Medal Show, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena CA

2007 Spring Duo, Segil Fine Art Source. Monrovia, CA

2007 Anna T. Kelly Solo Show, Brenart Cafe Gallery, Old Pasadena, CA

2007 Scottsdale Artists' School, Best and the Brightest show, Scottsdale, AZ

2007 38th Annual National Juried Competition, Palm Springs Fine Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

2007 Contemporary Masters, Artistic Eden. Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena, CA

2007 Seventy-Ninth Grand National Exhibition, American Artists Professional League, Salmagundi Club, New York City

2008 San Gabriel Mission Fall Art Exhibit and Competition, San Gabriel, CA - Best in Show and Best Landscape

2008 San Gabriel Fine Art Association, Fall Show, San Gabriel, CA - Best Landscape

2009 Contemporary Masters, Artistic Eden II. Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena, CA - Museum Purchase Award