Kathleen Hayek
American, born 1964

Watercolorist and printmaker Kathleen Hayek layers washes of translucent shapes to form landscapes, streetscapes, and still lifes. Reveling in light, and by extension color (which she deems its material approximation), Hayek strives to come as close as possible to painting “with light itself.” Her printmaking process entails covering a quick, oil-based ink sketch on a plate with layers of delicate colored papers, before covering all with heavier paper and running it through a printing press. “Spanish Moss” (2008), a monotype series depicting New Orleans oak trees that have re-rooted themselves post-Katrina, exemplifies the inspiration Hayek finds in nature’s power to rejuvenate. Other works, such as Fractured Landscape September Morn (2008), originate in her dreams or memories of long drives on the open road and focus on human interaction with nature.

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