A storyteller, an artist, a children’s writer and an inspiring teacher.
Hello! My name is Mrs. Kelly Ann Hughes and the kids call me, Miss Kelly.
As long as I can remember, I always adored fairytales and drawing. The stories that my Mom read and told me since I was a little girl, inspired me. My love for the tales and pretending helped develop my passion for the arts.
After receiving my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and working five years in corporate design, I had my own personal-spiritual awakening. My life as an artist truly began to flourish.
My journey accelerated nonstop. I traveled to France, Germany, Greece, Morocco, & Spain. I lived in Nashville, Paris, London and LA. Each new journey stretched me a bit more. I had my own “Sabrina” experience and it transformed me.
Then before the second millennial, I returned back to my small hometown in NJ. By happen-stances and fate, I found my way into the joy of teaching.
For the next 15+ years, I taught early education and the arts from preschool thru high school. During that time, I married, relocated out to WA and adopted two cats. Not sure where to begin in a new city, I started face painting at the Ballard Farmer’s Market, outside a quaint toy shop. There I shared my love of fairytales and storytelling to the children. It was then, sitting in a little kid’s chair that my tiny side business emerged.
For the next several years, I entertained kids at parties, schools & corporations around Seattle on the weekends and I taught students at a private school on Capitol HillI on the weekdays. I was enthusiastic with all that I was creating for the children. Everything was growing and blossoming.
Now it was time to venture out on my own and to move forward with my own artist’s dream. An amazing art space in Ballard, fell in to my lap and knew that it was a gift. I moved in to my new art studio. I began my full time, all the time and everyday job, as owner of Tangerine Tales LLC.
The adventure continues…