South Clinton Street

September 4, 2013 - 6:32am
Kelly Curry restores the Columbus Circle painting with energy, spirit and artistic ability discovered later in life.

Kelly Curry didn’t pick up a paintbrush until she was 36.

But to look at her now, at 48, you wouldn’t know it. On break from restoring a mural in downtown Syracuse on a Monday in early August, she pushed her red shades past tattooed ears and squinted. Her blond hair was pulled back in a low ponytail and a plaid cap kept the sun off her tan face. Her jeans, tank top and Vans were splattered with paint and her nails, long for an artist, were discolored from years of being coated with oil and turpentine.