As a child, I liked to draw and took all the art classes I could in high school and college. I took art at the University of California where I learned the basics of drawing and painting but did not start painting in watercolor until I took my first workshop with Peggy Gray sometime in the 1980’s. I now work primarily in watercolor. I like to take classes occasionally to learn another medium, new techniques, and different perspectives.
Since 1976 I have lived with my husband James in Bishop, California where we raised one daughter. I worked in Bishop at various temporary jobs before obtaining my teaching credential and teaching elementary school in Bishop and Independence. I live here surrounded by mountains, forest, and desert all calling to be experienced through hiking, birdwatching, photography, and painting.
When I paint, I try to combine looseness and fluidity with discipline and structure. Because I want to create a fresh spontaneous look, I usually start work with what is in front of me. Landscape combines my outdoor interests with art. I cannot say that I consciously work in a style. The painting or drawing emerges from the paper surprising me because I do not ever start with a completed image in mind. Success is completing a painting that teaches and surprises me.
My addresses are:
Kay M. Wilson, 2689 Highland Drive, Bishop, CA 93514.