Monica Kelly's painting imagery has grown from her memory and experience of the world around her. Re-envisioning and re-imagining these places, she stands at her easel. She applies paint, lets it dry, and sands it, building layer upon layer. The painting speaks back to her. It breathes its color, form, and light and she responds. Though the subject of her work may have ties to the landscape, Kelly is also fed by the sensual qualities of the paint itself. The painted surface, with its lines, textures, colors and formal nuance, adds another dimension to their dialogue. While she is in her studio, classical music is always playing. For Kelly, music and painting are intertwined. In her latest work, she applies pages from piano music that she has studied onto the panels. In the process of painting and sanding, the musical score becomes hidden and then revealed. In the end, what endures is not the painting hanging on the wall of her studio, but the internal wrestle she experienced in creating it.