Monday, May 16, 2011

FEATURED ARTIST - KAY WORZ

Kay Worz
How long have you been a member of the GCWS and why did you join?
Since the beginning. I have a true interest in furthering the knowledge of watercolor. The programs are always interesting and informative. It is a great group for any level watercolor artist.__I helped in getting the art club space for the monthly GCWS meetings, since I am a member of Cincinnati Art
Club

Have you held any positions with the GCWS; if so, what positions?
Facilitator

What are some of your artistic achievements?
Before I got into watercolor in 1992, I was an Enamelist. I had my work purchased by the, then, Governor of Ohio, to be used as gifts for Foreign Dignitaries on his trips abroad. I have had my work purchased by two Galleries in Japan and in one of it’s Department stores. I also have six art ‘Installations’ in churches around the city._I have had many ‘One-Woman’ shows, I taught watercolor at Baker-Hunt for 6 years, I am a member of the Ohio Watercolor Society and the Kentucky Watercolor Society. I have received high ribbon awards for my work and have been accepted in many competitions. I was President of Cincinnati Art Club from 2008-2010. I am currently on the Board of Directors of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Duveneck Association.

Describe your usual procedures for creating a painting.
I take an initial idea and start free-hand drawing. If it is a floral, I work from life. If it is an exotic animal or bird, I do my own photography. After the drawing is complete, I add lines to create shapes and interest. I like to enhance the composition that way.
As I paint, I keep assessing the balance of shape and color and , sometimes, add more lines to focus on the point of interest. I enjoy depicting the rythm and design I find in nature
One of Kay's unique wildlife paintings.
How long have you been painting.
Watercolor, since 1992. I have done acrylics and oils in college and when I studied in Europe, for post graduate study.

In what medium, other than watercolor or acrylic, do you work?
Copper enamel.

Where do you get your inspiration for paintings?
Nature. I enjoy ‘bird-watching’ from my home, but I do ‘field trips’ to various zoos and when I travel to the Bahamas, each year.

Are you a teacher?
Yes, I have had my own classes at the CAC and at Baker-Hunt. I have taught sessions at the Woman;s Club of Cincinnati, in Clifton. I also do classes for the various art organizations around the city.
Kay's unique style of painting lends itself to all manner of subjects, but works
especially well with jewel like florals such as this iris.
Where do you see yourself in the future? (ie., is painting a hobby; will you enter shows; do you see yourself teaching?)
Teaching, yes. I am planning another exhibit for the near future, but haven’t chosen a date yet or location

Your website: www.artisticlight.com/kayworz

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