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 tales that my Mom shared with me since I was a little girl, inspired me. My love for these stories and illustrations helped develop my passion for the arts.
After receiving my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and working in corporate design on the east coast. 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 Los Angeles. 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 storytelling with the children. It was then, sitting in a little kid’s chair that my tiny business emerged.
I entertained kids at parties, schools & corporations all around the Seattle area while being a full time preschool teacher at a private school. I was enthusiastic with all that was happening. Everything was growing and blossoming. At the perfect time, I ventured forward to have my own art studio space. I began my full time, all the time and everyday dream job, as owner of Tangerine Tales LLC.
Currently, my husband and I live in Lakewood, WA with our two cats Amelie & Atticus. Here you will find me, writing my next kid’s book, enjoying walks around Steilacoom Park and starting my own YouTube channel.
My life verse is from Jeremiah 29:11.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
The adventure continues…