Kelly Singleton was born and raised in rural Maryland. Her passion for animals was instilled early on, and growing up, she expressed this passion through art. She attended the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree in illustration. This led to a twenty-year career as a graphic artist, during which she painted and exhibited her wildlife paintings. In 2018, she went full-time with her art and relocated to northern Colorado, where she has been inspired by its wildlife and rugged beauty.
Singleton makes frequent trips into local and national parks of the Western United States to observe and gather references to wildlife. These trips fuel inspiration for new work. Back home in the studio, Singleton brings her paintings to life in oils. She hopes her work brings attention to the beauty of nature and the importance of preserving it.
She is a Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists and has won several of their awards, including the coveted Award of Excellence. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, and many private collections. Singleton has exhibited her work in numerous exhibitions, including Birds in Art at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum; Art and the Animal, the annual exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists; Small Works, Great Wonders at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City; and Night of Artists at the Briscoe Western Art Museum.