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May 06, 2016 2 min read

Socks for Your Next Adventure

Introducing CloudLine Ambassador Kelli Spencer

Blackstone and Beloit Glacier | Whittier, AK Acrylic and Ink by Artist Kelli Spencer

Blackstone and Beloit Glacier | Whittier, AK Acrylic and Ink

From the beginning of my childhood, I was encouraged to wander, explore, and create. That basic principle of discovering the unknown has led me on a journey of big mountain exploring consisting of skiing, climbing, ice climbing, hiking, and kayaking. I push every boundary and challenge myself constantly, both mentally and physically.

 CloudLine Ambassador Kelli Spencer Ski Jump

I love that my passions have arrived at a cycle. The world gives me snow and big mountains I can ski and summit, and in return I give the world my art. It is an invigorating exchange of energy that makes my life meaningful. One side of my work could not exist without the other. I am drawn by my passion to be in the mountains, away from everything, and to become a part of the environment. It’s a beautiful thing, to experience the mountains and valleys, and physically feel their toll on your body. It gives me an appreciation for life and drives my creativity. I can come back from an excursion and sit and paint for a full day, excited and driven from my time away in the mountains.

 Exit Glacier | Harding Ice Field, AK Acrylic & Ink by Artist Kelli Spencer

Exit Glacier | Harding Ice Field, AK Acrylic & Ink

I tend to paint the mountains I have become familiar with…the mountains I most recently summited. My goal is to bring together the unforgiving elements of the peaks and to also add an inviting feeling (the one I feel before summiting a peak). I want the viewer to feel welcomed when looking at my painting of a mountain or glacier, to be in awe of how majestic it is, and to be humbled of the real destination. I also paint as a way to remember the time I spent in that special place. I don’t tend to go back to the same places, and I don’t ever want to forget the peaks I have summited or the glaciers I have traversed. Painting those memories lets me remember, and be thankful for those times I spent there.

CloudLine Ambassador Kelli Spencer Heli Skiing

When I ski and when I paint, I am celebrating the human body and its connection with the surrounding world. I want to light a fire inside the viewer. A curiosity that cannot be contained and that must be acted upon. If successful, I have promoted the great outdoors and pushed someone to experience their own life in a new way.

 Mt. McKinley | Denali National Park, AK Acrylic and Ink by Artist Kelli Spencer

Mt. McKinley | Denali National Park, AK Acrylic and Ink

I am not just a ski mountaineer or just a painter. I am both, and that makes me unique.

CloudLine Ambassador Kelli Spencer on the Mountain 

For more visit www.kellispencer.net and follow Kelli's adventures on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Kelli Spencer
Kelli Spencer

CloudLine Ambassador | Professional Adventure Skier & Mountaineer | Environmental Activist | Artist


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