The art career of Ramon Kelley began early when he drew in the margins of his school books in Cheyenne, Wyoming. After four years in the Navy, he won a scholarship to the Colorado Institute of Art. For many years now, he and his family have lived in Denver where he has built an award-winning reputation in various media: oil, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, conte crayon, pastel and sculpture.
Kelley is a member of the American Watercolor Society, the Allied Artists of America, Pastel Society of America, National Academy of Western Art, Knickerbocker Artists and Oil Painters of America, Representational. In 1985, The Pastel Society of America designated Ramon a Master Pastelist, and in 1986, Ramon was elected to the Pastel Hall of Fame.