Kelly Jean Conroy was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Growing up in New England and being raised by an artist mother who emphasized making and painting eventually led her to attaining her BFA from Syracuse University in Art Education and Painting. She completed her MFA in Jewelry Metals from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2013. She currently teaches metalsmithing at Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School, and metalsmithing courses at Massachusetts College of Art and Metalwerx. Her work focuses on life cycles in nature within a jewelry format. Her specialties are enameling, painting in enamel, working with natural materials: carving bone, piercing mother of pearl, laser cutting, and casting.