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Who are you and what do you do?

I am Kathy Nay and I am a watercolour and acrylic artist.

How do you work?

I am always looking for inspiration for my paintings.  When I am hiking, on a trip, or just looking out to my backyard, I always have my camera handy so I can take reference photos for future paintings.  Watercolour is an unforgiving medium, so I “think” a lot about my paintings before I even put brush to paper.  With my acrylic artwork, I feel a bit freer.  I can always “correct” any mistakes by painting over areas with titanium white.

What’s your background?

My first formal art instruction for watercolours was with Cheryl Fortier.  This is where I developed my limited palette of colours that I use in both watercolours and acrylics.  Over the years I have taken other workshops with various artists.  Sometimes you just have to go to your studio and paint!

What’s integral to the work of an artist?

I believe it is important to develop your own style as an artist; your style can also change over time.  I would like to think that if someone sees my work in a gallery or online they would recognize it as my artwork.

What role does the artist have in society?

Artists have the opportunity to capture the world around them at a certain point in time.  To share their experience, their point of view of what the world looks like to them.  To tell a story that others can identify with.

What work do you most enjoying doing?

I enjoy doing detailed work.  I love painting images that have strong light and shadow.  


What themes do you pursue?

Right now I am mainly focusing on themes of nature.  With the current situation of COVID, going out into nature has been an escape for many people from the stresses of the pandemic.  I am hoping that my nature paintings will bring people a sense of peace and hope.

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

The responses that I appreciate is when a person has a connection to my artwork – how it reminds them of something in their life.  I love hearing the story behind why they have chosen to purchase my artwork.


Favourite or most inspirational place ?

Right now my favourite place would be the ocean – watching and listening to the waves.  Seeing all the patterns and colours as the tide comes in to the shore.  

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

“It’s only paper”!  “Not every painting is going to be a masterpiece.”  It’s important for artists to give themselves permission to recognize that not every painting is perfect and some paintings can be looked at as practice for the next “masterpiece”.

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