Kelly Brumfield-Woods' involvement in the working side of the art world began in Venice in the mid-1980’s, when, after a Venice Art Walk, she sent cards to the participating artists, offering her services as a studio assistant. By the time she was accepted to Otis, she had a full-time studio assistant business up and running, working closely with artists such as Billy Al Bengston, Charles Christopher Hill, Frank Lloyd, Mary Corse (and a handful of others), and she made a decision to continue working rather than return to academia.

Originally from Santa Monica, she lives and works in Los Angeles.