Hailing from Henderson, NC, Kelvin started painting at an early age. After over 20 years of service with the federal government, he resigned to pursue a full-time career as a fine artist. He established FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT Fine Art in 1995 as a distributor of artwork and to do custom framing. With over 10 successful years, it has evolved into a publishing and advertising company exclusively for Kelvin’s works.
Kelvin has received numerous accolades for his work: 1st Place Award, Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2011; Artist of the Year 2006 and Favorite Emerging Artist Heritage Award 2000, Baltimore MD; the only two-time recipient of the Palette Award, Atlanta GA; Trustee’s Museum Purchase Award, Daytona Beach FL; Award of Excellence, Orchard Lake Fine Art Show, MI; Award of Excellence 2006 and Award of Merit 2005, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia; and feature articles, UPSCALE magazine and PAINT magazine. His release, Tonight’s Last Dance, was featured in the literature for the US Postal Service’s Priority Mail campaign. He has been the featured artist and guest speaker for Ethnic Expressions Art and many Black History Month celebrations including Johns Hopkins University and Sodexho for many years. He was selected to create show poster images for the National Aids Society, Virginia Department of Health; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; Orchard Lake MI Fine Art Show; Baltimore Black Heritage Art Show; Cleveland Fine Art Expo; Evanston, PA Art Council; Clearwater, FL Jazz Festival 2011; and Lewiston, NY Art Festival 2011.
Among the collectors of Kelvin’s work include Earl Graves, Black Enterprise magazine; former Congresswoman Eva Clayton; Ed Gordon, BET News; Pepa of Salt ‘n Pepa; Stacey Davis, FannieMae; Rod Daniels, ABC News Anchor; Julian Peterson, Detroit Lions; former NBA basketball star, Terri Cummings; Tavis Smiley and many others.