Meet Your Neighbor: The Kelly Family | SierraSun.com

Meet Your Neighbor: The Kelly Family

What brought you guys to Tahoe? Bill: Me and Kevin drove out from Toledo, Ohio in 1998. We were on a climbing/snowboarding adventure across the U.S. and our final destination was Tahoe. We lived in a van in Squaw Valley for almost two years, and used the money we saved on rent to start a business.Erin: I came out about three years later.So you guys own a painting company, which sibling came up with the business idea?Bill: It was a collaborative effort. I have the background in business, Kev brings the painting and construction.Erin: Im the one with the creative eye.Kevin: We each have our strengths, thats what makes the business successful.Erin, what is your background with art?Ive always been into the arts. I had a show in Truckee recently at Joes Coffee. I specialize in faux or decorative painting.So how is business going at Kelly Brothers Painting?Bill: We keep three crews busy 12 months out of the year working from Incline to Truckee to Emerald Bay. Kevin: We were also just awarded Business of the Year by the North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce. The community support is great. What do you like about living in Tahoe?Bill: Being able to have access to the outdoors.Erin: I like the people and the small town interaction. Its really nice having all my family here.Kevin: I like raising my family here and enjoying the outdoors with my kids.What is one interesting thing you want your neighbors to know?Bill: We take our family everywhere, annually we go to the Outer Banks, North Carolina with upward of 50 family members.Erin: I would say its interesting that I use reclaimed barn siding, recycled building materials and organic paints in my artwork. Kevin: I think something interesting about us is the reason we got involved with painting in the Tahoe area. We saw an opportunity to bring environmentally safe painting techniques and products to this region. Bill and I are both family men and understand the importance of being responsible to the Earth and future generations, so we use paint with low odor, no harmful chemicals and no added solvents.Jenny Goldsmith interviewed and photographed the Kelly family for this weeks Meet Your Neighbor. Send suggestions for Meet Your Neighbor to jgoldsmith@sierrsun.com