The river is a big part of my husband's and my lives, especially Elmore's. He got me started on kayaking as soon as I met him, and for him it's his normal exercise, like going for a jog. It takes longer than my regular walk, so I don't do it as often, but I do love to be out on the water in a small, quiet, close-to-the-water craft. I feel connected to a millenia-old tradition, and I love being able to explore new places under my own steam. So my personal landscape wouldn't be complete without some paintings of the riverfront and also our marina, where we keep the kayaks right on the water.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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