Meet the Artist - Kay Layne
Kay Layne’s work is color field abstract expressionism in style with contrasting and harmonious colors with geometric shapes imposed over flat or textured surfaces.
Her textured paint surfaces are created with crumpled tissue paper, paste medium, and trowel marks. Frequently she uses charcoal over these painted textured backgrounds to provide further depth to the surface. She uses intense colors in either earth tones or sharp arresting colors in opposition to each other. Ms. Layne is a former member of “Arts in the Village” in Leesburg, VA; “Max_21” artist group in Reston, VA; and Art First Gallery in Fredericksburg, VA.
She has studied painting at the following
Rice University in Houston, Texas
Art League at the Torpedo
Factory in Alexandria, Virginia
Yellow Barn at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD
Artworks in Reston, VA
Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, Frederick, MD
Cheap Joe’s Art Studio, Boone, NC
Ms. Layne grew up in the Texas Panhandle, where the flat plains have influenced her simple planar compositions. She received her architecture degree from Rice University and practiced in Washington, DC, on architectural projects as diverse as hospitals, prisons, educational facilities, research facilities, Metro stations, and sports and recreation areas with Metcalf Associates; Harry Weese & Associates; Gilbane Building Co.; Chapman, Miller, & Layne (principal); and DMJM (Associate Vice President). She is now retired from architecture and continues to live in Washington, D.C.