From Aretha to Eminem, Detroit artist creates portraits with personality
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DETROIT — Looking for inspiration for a mural she was painting on the side of the new Meijer Rivertown Market in Detroit, artist Desiree Kelly didn't have to look far. She used her 4-year-old daughter as a reference. The mural — dynamic and bold, as so much of Kelly's work is — features Isabella with pineapple-accented sunglasses, her curly hair in pigtails. Slices of different kinds of fruit are layered in the background. "I wanted to add more personality to it, color, make it resemble one of my pieces you'd find on canvas," said Kelly of the mural on the Meijer store that opens early next mo...