Born in Edmonton and not strayed too far from there, Kay has been living in Strathcona County for 30 years. Having always had an artistic side, it did not really surface until later in life. Kay joined the Art Society of Strathcona County in 2007 to immerse herself in the local art scene. Starting with local community classes in pottery, then watercolor painting and now learning more about acrylics, her present passion is soapstone carving. Her prior career took her into Veterinary medicine as an Animal Health Technologist and clinic manager. Her pets, dogs, horses and wildlife have played a large part in her personal and professional life.
She has found a love of form and movement in the art of carving. Soapstone is a continual journey of surprise and joy as the stone’s color and life surfaces. Wildlife, animals and the outdoors dominate her work in both paint and soapstone. Kay has been showing her work in the Art Society of Strathcona County Loft Gallery, 501 Gallery, local art markets and shows. She especially likes showing in Art Walk on Whyte avenue in Edmonton each summer as it allows a lot of public interaction with the artist. For the past 3 years, Kay has been teaching beginner soapstone carving class at several organizations.
When working with soapstone I feel such a sense of peace and quiet. I am either working outside, letting the wind take the dust away or in my little shop. The animal shapes are familiar to me and I love being able to create a bit of wildlife that others can touch and take home. Using the hand tools, stroke by stroke the shapes and contours evolve and the story emerges. Then there’s the exciting part when you start to sand the layers and see the colors and fault lines appear. The oil brings it to life and creating that form and sense of movement involving the viewer is what art should be.