In 1993 oil painter Kay Smith began watercolor with her first Ken Hosmer workshop. With this ever changing medium she found her niche. Largely self taught, she keeps abreast of changing trends in color, design, and subject matter by taking or giving watercolor or mixed media workshops. She maintains studios in New Mexico and in Texas. A registered nurse, Kay graduated from Pensacola, FL and the University of Dundee, Scotland.
Award winning works are in Color Mixing: The 12 Hue Method, by Christopher Willard, Rockport Publishers; Splash 7, (2002) and Splash 14 (2013) North Light Books. Her work has been included in two International Artist books, “100 Ways to Paint Still Life & Florals” Vol. 2; “100 Ways to Paint People & Figures” Vol. 2. Her work is in Art Business News, March 2005 and in Tom Lynch’s Watercolor Rescue Secrets, 2008. In 2010, 2012, and 2014 her art appeared in the popular worldwide publications: The Artistic Touch 4, The Artistic Touch 5, The Artistic Touch 6 by Chris Unwin. Bird illustrations are featured in Painter’s Quick Reference Birds & Butterflies, North Light Books (2008). A still life painting is in Watercolor Magic magazine 2006. Signature status is with these watercolor organizations: Southwestern Watercolor Society, Texas Watercolor Society, Wyoming Watercolor Society, Society of Watercolor Artists, Watercolor Art Society – Houston (elite status), New Mexico Watercolor Society and Western Federation of Watercolor Societies. Another signature earned is with Texas & Neighbors (Irving Art Association).
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 in her own gallery, Brushworks Studio in Big Spring, TX, and writes a monthly art column for Big Spring Herald’s Living magazine. Online see www.kaysmith.artspan.com and her blog at http://kaysmithbrushworks.blogspot.com/