Artist Kelcie McQuaid Has a "Desire to Build a Better Scene in Fort Lauderdale"

Kelcie McQuaid's excitement about her third solo show in her first year as a full-time painter was apparent even over the phone.

"I have been an artist for many years, showing and selling work for about five now," the 25-year-old says. "However, this is my first year taking it on as a full-time occupation. My work is art. It's my bread and butter. It is my passion."

Her work reveals a desire to express herself and connect with humanity, combining abstraction and portraiture. "Everyone has problems, but I express them through my art, and it helps a lot," she says with a laugh. "I tend to be a very emotional person. Even speaking to you now, I've already choked up twice thinking about the things that I'm reflecting on and the problems I have in my life. I deal with them in paint." She pauses to let out another laugh before continuing: "It allows me to look into myself and find the solutions that I need to get through."

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Hans Morgenstern has contributed to Miami New Times for too many decades, but he's grown to love Miami's arts and culture scene because of it. He is the chair of the Florida Film Critics Circle, and most of his film criticism can be found on Independent Ethos ( if not in New Times.