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Kay Watts - Biography

Kay Watts is a representational painter of landscapes, portraits and still lifes.


Kay was educated in Mississippi and taught school for several years.  She was a successful teacher but an artist at heart.  Eventually she bowed to her creative side and left the classroom.  When friends suggested painting lessons, she discovered her artistic niche.


Kay's first love as a painter was portraiture.  Given her lifelong connection with animals, Kay naturally chose family pets as subjects.  Painting mostly from photographs, she depicts four-legged "children" with exceptional realism.  Kay's portraits are proof that what a dog loves is revealed in its eyes.


In recent years, Kay's focus has turned towards landscapes, a shift that began when she moved to a new home in the country.  The scenery was so compelling that she longed to capture it with brush and color.


Kay's affinity for landscapes was heightened by an artists' excursion to Italy, where she was introduced to the challenge (and angst) of painting en plein air.  Her passion now is capturing on canvas those brief moments when nature portrays what a photograph can't reveal.


Kay will always be a student of fine art. She studies weekly with an acclaimed Mississippi artist, and participates in group workshops to keep her technique (skills? style?) fresh. Plein air painting is her joy, but she also loves to work in her home studio several days each week. When not painting, Kay gardens, spends time with her husband Al, and indulges her norwich terrier, Ruddy.


Kay is a member of the Mississippi Artists' Guild, Mississippi Oil Painters of America, and a member of the Women Painters of the Southeast. Her works have been entered in numerous juried shows and have won several awards, including "Best of Show."

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