Hello. Thanks for taking some time to get to know me. My name is Josh Kelly. For as long as I can remember, taxidermy has always been a major part of my life. I come from a taxidermist family. My dad, Ron Kelly, was the main taxidermist, and he started it all. My mom, Beverley Croy, worked in the back of the shop making and molding fish. My dad, mom, sisters, and I all took part at some time in the family taxidermy studio. Even my nephew is getting into taxidermy, whom I'm very proud of by the way. I grew up living and breathing taxidermy, literally. I was in our taxidermy studio since I was a young boy. I remember loving to go see all the different species of animals, and fish my dad was working on. I remember being young and looking up at an elephant in the work shop, and being so amazed. I remember lions, bears, elk, and all sorts of deer. Every week there was different species of fish, and African safaris coming in. It was amazing! Every since then I was hooked, and I was in the shop all the time. One day my dad decided to put me to work. I believe I was around 10 years old, and he gave me a broom to sweep the messy floors. I was excited though, cause I felt like I was part of the shop. Little did I know, at that time, how much of an influence taxidermy would actually be on my life. My dad gave me a piece of cardboard one day shaped like a fish. He then handed me his airbrush, and told me to start practicing. I painted cardboard fish over and over. By the time I was 16 years old, I had excelled enough at airbrush that I began painting fish for the shop. That was a life changing moment. Over the next few years I would get off early from school, come to the shop, and paint fish. Whenever I turned 18, my dad gave me some clients and a business name, and I was the owner of my own business. I continued to push the limits to be creative, and to be the best fish taxidermist I could possibly be. I went to many state taxidermy competitions, and I won many awards. I won 1st place ribbons two years straight at the state show in the professional division, which pushed me into the master division. I then won state champion three years in a row in the master division. I went to the national taxidermy competition and won National Champion that year. That was an amazing accomplishment. I then tested my abilities at the World taxidermy competition. I knew the stakes were high, and it would be extremely tough. There are plenty of really talented fish taxidermists around the world, and I knew it would be a challenge. I entered into the professional division, not knowing that I could have entered master level. I won three 1st place ribbons, a 2nd place ribbon, and best of my category. I literally fell to my knees when I saw them blue ribbons. Since then, my business has done quite well. I now have children of my own, whom I assume will be a part of the family business, and nothing pleased me more. My life has been such a blessing, and I couldn't have a better family. I still help my mom and dad out in their taxidermy studios, and I get to see them weekly. I also provide a wholesale fish taxidermy service to many taxidermists across this country. I would love to provide you and your customers with some of the finest fish taxidermy in the world. Thank you so much for reading this, and getting to know about my life. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Contact information is below. Have a nice day.
8123 FM 514
Emory, TX. 75440