Local artist gains popularity with chalk art

EDMONTON — A local artist could chalk up his recent success to his decision to start using sidewalks and chalk as his new medium.

Braeden Kelly, 14, draws almost every day, though he didn’t used to let others actually see his art.

“He’s very secretive…you can’t look at his book,” said Kimberley Kelly, Braeden’s mother.

“So for him to go out and show his new found medium for art, it’s crazy.”

Braeden was inspired to try chalk art after seeing a piece his little sister drew and his first attempt garnered him something he wasn’t used to: attention.

“A whole bunch of people wanted to hire me for doing their own pieces,” said Braeden Kelly.

“I’ve never had anyone want me to draw anything for them so honestly I was a little shocked.”

Braeden Kelly's chalk art

Between birthday wishes and commissions for local businesses Kelly has already drawn more than a dozen pieces and has another dozen lined up.

“(I’ve) never had any art-related jobs,” said Kelly. “Being able to get paid for doing what I love is great.”

While a lot of his work is being paid for, he did have a surprise in store for the graduating class at J.H. Picard Catholic School, free-of-charge.

Grad 2020 message

With files from CTV News Edmonton’s Dan Grummett