Kelly is an artist, illustrator and founder of an art licensing company that she runs with her biggest fan and best friend Mario. Together they have three grown kids, manage a small business and take the roads less traveled seeking art and music wherever they can find it, and sometimes that takes them to unexpected places.
Kelly's art career started when she graduated from George Brown College in Toronto as a graphic designer and happily worked at a busy ad agency until her kids came along and changed her work/lifestyle dynamic. For a few years she juggled being a Mom with various crafty ventures that produced one-of-a-kind items, ranging from air brushed garments and jewelry to intricate custom home portraits. Once the kids were at school all day, Kelly traded her art supplies for a Mac computer and retrained herself to draw with a mouse.
Soon she was creating award winning designs as an in-house artist for Sandylion Sticker Designs (Markham, ON) and it was there that Kelly discovered the emerging Scrapbook industry and the world of art licensing. Sandylion was the first to license Kelly's signature collections to the Craft and Hobby industry under the brand Kelly Panacci Inc. Since 2004, that brand has grown to 300+ products available in more than 30 countries worldwide. Kelly's art is now on fabrics, scrapbook collections, rubber stamps and home decor accents with partner brands K&Company, Hampton Art, Northcott Fabrics and Riley Blake Designs.