Judi Geer Kellas has a creative passion that began in 1996: women in aviation. She is a painter and printmaker living and working in Lawrence, Kansas. Her work uses Kansas' and women's history to encourage appreciation,respect and recognition for the magnificent women in aviation, from 1910 to the present. Inspired by the birthplace of Amelia Earhart in Atchison and the historical birthplace of modern aviation in Wichita, Geer Kellas is creating her series,"Celebration of Flight:Women in Aviation." More than 40 paintings, drawings and prints now honor women aviators. The series embodies the artist's missions to preserve the birth and living heritage of women in aviation and to inform and inspire today's art audience by commemorating the lives of these women. Geer Kellas works in mixed-media paintings, silverpoint drawings and original prints(serigraphs, lithographs, relief prints). She has shown her works in more than 40 solo shows and 85 group exhibits in art galleries and museums regionally, nationally and internationally. "My art work never was plein aire painting; early on I used photography as a sketching tool, solving Cezanne's problem of making the world sit as still as an apple. Photography became an integral part of my work, not only using photos as sketches, but also giving the art work content and spirit. I sometimes use manipulated photographic images collaged on or affixed directly to the canvas or paper combined with painting, drawing and metal leafing." Both her parents were amateur artists, and at eight years of age she painted her first oil painting on canvas.She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and a Master of Arts in Painting.When she married George Kellas and they moved to the Midwest,Geer Kellas taught at Kansas University in the 1970s.She owned and operated 7E7 Gallery in Lawrence, Kansas for 11 years.Upon selling the gallery, she returned to her studio full time.