Born in Scotland into a seafaring family John Kelly's experience as a young Merchant Marine sailing off the coasts of Canada and Alaska would later become the subject in much of his artwork. Displaying precious and prodigious talent, Kelly's life took a new direction when he was accepted into the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Influenced greatly by his life experiences and world travels, Kelly's body of work is uniquely impressive. Kelly is internationally known, his art featured in Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti. Kelly's is widely considered to be the greatest living maritime painter in world. John Kelly currently resides in Los Angeles.