"Paint Summer I" by Kathy Bay, acrylic on canvas, 36x36.
As an award-winning prolific artist, Kathy Bay creates visually stunning and imaginative works on paper, canvas and steel. Designs are often rendered with collage for added interest and dimension.
Her work has been selected for numerous juried exhibitions and are in private collections in Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida, California, New York, Maryland and Washington.
She holds a bachelor of science degree in nursing and a bachelor of arts degree in fine art. Bay has taught collage workshops, adult and children painting classes at the Arkansas Arts Center (now the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts) and high school studio art and art history.
"I create visually stunning, imaginative works on paper, canvas and metal through bold use of color, strong design and an enthusiastic approach to painting. Richly layered, colorful passages are the interwoven components that energize my paintings. I seek to capture a unique representation of landscape through abstraction in my exploration of color, line, texture and collage. The thrill of exploration of color relationships satisfies my passionate endeavors of painting and offers finished works that exude energy.
Arthur Dove, Henri Matisse, Richard Diebenkorn and The Canadian Group of Seven all play unique, influential roles in my painting. Discovery of contemporary artists such as Brian Rutenberg, Eric Aho and Anders Andersson offer intriguing approaches to landscape. Both past and present-day artists bring a dimension of depth and surface, image and abstraction, seductive color and extravagant piling on of paint, stretching the parameters of what can be done with paint on canvas and paper. These characteristics capture the energetic mood and exhilarating effect in my work."