Kay began to study drawing with colored pencil and pastels in 2005. Three years later, she picked up a paint brush, dipped it into acrylic paint and the colors just started flowing off the brush. All of her acrylic paintings begin with photographs that she has taken in the north woods and may combine elements from several photographs. The colors just happen. Usually, it starts with some shadow or touch of vibrant color in the photograph and from there the colors literally decide themselves as she paints. All the colors in Kay’s paintings are out there in the world, punched up, but nothing outside the realm of what is real. The wildlife in her paintings are creatures that she knows. Their story and personality inspire the painting so that viewers can share that moment in time. Kay’s work can be seen at Artist Palette in Manitowish Waters, WI and Moondeer Gallery in Boulder Junction, WI.
Who knew that following up on an advertisement for drawing classes would lead to a passion for art which expanded beyond personal artwork to developing a discovery art camp to help children find their muse. Those forks in the road can take you places!
Kay and her husband Steven live with their rescue Airedale Liberty. She is always working on some new scene and gladly accepts commissions.