Kelly Adams recognizes portraiture as a unique opportunity to expand upon reality. She works from photographs of figures that are digitally altered or posed in an unusual situation. The alternative reality that is created opens up the possibility for psychological themes to be visually demonstrated. Adams is interested in the collective human experience, with a focus on identity and emotion. These ideas are explored in the paintings through the manipulations that are imposed on the figures. While the scene presented on canvas could not exist in real life, it offers a more complete picture of the whole person.