Thursday, April 15, 2021

DPW Spotlight Interview: Kay Smith

Each week we will spotlight a different DPW artist who will give away one of their best paintings. To enter to win Kay's painting "Brusho Bouquet in Jar" go to Daily Paintworks and click on the link at the top of the page announcing their interview.

From Kay's DPW Gallery Page:

Kay's watercolors hang in the Texas State Capitol building in Austin, TX as well as in England, Germany, France, Netherlands, Thailand, and Australia.  She teaches art in her own gallery, Brushworks Studio in Big Spring, TX.  She is one of three artists who founded Caboose Watercolor Society in 1997 locally in Big Spring. Visit her website and blog links below at www.kaysmith.artspan.com and http://kaysmithbrushworks.blogspot.com (click to read more)

What did you want to be growing up?

Growing up I wanted to be a nurse or doctor which I did in 1978.

Brusho Bouquet in Jar
(click to view)

Enter to win by clicking on the link at the top of the DPW home page announcing Kay's interview.

When did your artistic journey begin?

My artistic journey began around nine when our parents took us to a larger town for art lessons as no art or music was available in school.

Ball Jar Zinnias
(click to view)

Did you have any long periods without creative expression? How did you "get back on the horse"?

No long periods of art inactivity; was always sketching and drawing.

Roadrunner Profile
(click to view)

What mediums and genres do you gravitate to? Which ones don't appeal?

Oils and pastels were my main mediums until 1993 when I took my first watercolor workshop. Watercolor is my chosen medium and florals and animals are favorite genres.

Portraits do not appeal to me much but I continue to study the human face and figure.


Purple Prickly Pear Cactus
(click to view)

Name an artist, well-known or not, who you admire. Why?

I admire Ken Hosmer, my first watercolor instructor, as he continues to teach those who yearn to bring their creativity up a notch.

Fortune Teller
(click to view)

If you could offer one piece of advice to your younger, creative self — what would that be?

Advice for my younger self would be to start watercolor earlier in life and advice to others is to do art now, do not wait until you retire.

Fat Tody Bird
(click to view)

Do you utilize any habits or tricks for winning the distraction and procrastination battle?

As a daily painter I do not have procrastination or artist blocks.

Floyd's Cats
(click to view)

What are some of your long and short term goals for yourself or your art?

Long term goal is to obtain signature status with American Watercolor Society or the National Watercolor Society to go with the various state societies' signatures already attained.

Trumpet Man
(click to view)

What is one of your proudest moments in your creative life?

One of my proudest moments was to earn the SWS (Southwestern Watercolor Society) signature, my first one.

Thanks, Kay!

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