Showing in Member's Gallery April 7 - June 2 2018
Painting professionally since 1983, Kay Sutherland, a Wytheville, VA artist, draws inspiration from everything. Painting year round, she prefers the "en plain air" technique, French for painting outside in natural light, which gives her the freedom to express without hesitation. Sutherland describes her work as "never really knowing how a piece is going to go. I just paint fast and furious, never imagining how it will look. Each one is an original."
Art critic Doc Lawrence says "She produces visual miracles on canvas that encompass universal themes of childhood innocence, companionship, natural beauty, and her personal reverence for the spiritual refuge of home and garden." A large part of her work is landscapes, which may be accented with people and done on location to capture the mood of the environment. Sutherland utilizes thick paint and emphasizes light and movement in landscapes, still lives, and portraits. "I don't like to “tell the viewer all…. I tend more to go for feeling," she says. "An emotion should be stirred. Art should start the viewer’s imagination, feelings and ideas." Amy Funderburk, art judge and instructor, states "I was struck by her bold thickness of paint and directional brushwork, which not only gives her actual texture on her painting, it enhances the movement and balance of her pieces.”