Female iconography – dresses, undergarments, dressmaker forms and the full-figured female nude are recurring images in Kells’work. These are used to examine identity issues such as the perception of women in society, the gaze, and the idealized and objectified body. Her works are a reflection of women’s history in an ever-changing world. Kells holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (University of Ottawa) and has completed coursework toward her MA (Canadian Studies, Carleton University). Her work is held internationally in private and public collections including the Governor General’s Residence and the Corel Centre. She has exhibited extensively throughout North America and has received two City of Ottawa Art Grants. Kells teaches art in her studio and at Algonquin College, and is a member of the city’s Arts Advisory Committee.