Traditional Oil Paintings in the Classical Tradition
by SAA 2x award of excellence signature artist,  Kay Witherspoon, MA, SAA

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ARTIST
KAY WITHERSPOON


Award winning oil painter , Kay Witherspoon, was trained as an art educator, took instruction from Robert Bateman, James Coe, John Banovich, and others yet is primarily self-taught.  She has been identified as "One of the premier equine painters in America" (Coast Magazine, SC) and painter of "...the best horses I've ever seen painted" (Robert Bateman, credited as being the most influential wildlife painter of all time by art historian and curator, David Wagner).  

Kay is a traditional realist painter whose work is distinctive for its luminous bold color, its accuracy in detail and  form, it's design  perspective, and for her technical skills in layering and brushwork  to capture form, texture, atmosphere, and the character of animals and their environment.

Witherspoon credits the techniques of the Venetian oil masters and of 19th and 20th century classical traditionalists, and their layering, glazing, and scumbling techniques for the luminous quality in her work.  Witherspoon utilizes her own photography and field studies as well as her background of experiences for her action oriented inspirations.

 

EXHIBITIONS

2016 The Phippen Museum, Prescott, AZ "Hold Your Horses" Invitational
2016  The National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, International On-Line Exhibition Exhibition
2016  Society of Animals Artists "Animalia", The Loveland Art Museum in Loveland, CO
2016  Colorado Governor's 25th Silver Anniversary Exhibition, in Loveland, CO


2015  2015 Colorado Governor's Show, in Loveland, CO


2014  2014/2015,  54th Annual Art and the Animal Exhibition by the Society of Animal Artists (SAA) - On Annual Tour
2014  International 2013/2014 ARC Salon Competition
2014  2014 Colorado Governor's Show, in Loveland, CO

2013 -A2013 annual Birds in Art Exhibition by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
2013 -A53rd Annual Art and the Animal Exhibition by the Society of Animal Artists (SAA)
2013 -2013, 2ndAnnual Art of The Race, by the Wildlife Experience Museum

2012 - 2012, 1st Annual Art of The Race: The Kentucky Derby Day, by the Wildlife Experience Museum
2012 - AThe American Academy of Equine Art "The Horse In Fine Art"

2011 - The 51st Art and the Animal Exhibit and National Tour  by the Society of Animal Artists (SAA)

2010 - The 50th anniversary celebration and Art and the Animal Exhibit and National Tour  by the Society of Animal Artists (SAA)

2009 - 2010 Selected by President Carter for installation in the Conference Room of the CEO at the Carter Center, Atlanta, GA
2009 - Accepted by jury into the Small Works Big Impressions Exhibit and the 49th Annual Society of Animal Artists Art and the Animal National Tour -
2008 - 2009 - 25 Oil paintings commissioned by San Diego, CA art curator, Joan Warren-Grady, for installation in the living rooms of the newly constructed  Little Nell Resort, Aspen, Colorado  
2007 - 2008 - Commissioned by Bill and Joan Porter, founders of eTrade, the ISE, and Stillheart
- Accepted by jury into the 2007-8, Society of Animal Artist's "Art and the Animal" National Exhibition as well as the National Tour 
Invitational artist by jury in the 2007, American Academy of Equine Art "Horse In Fine Art" exhibition, Denver
2008 - Two time finalist in the 23rd Annual Artist's Magazine's Art Competition,
2007 - Accepted into the Oil Painters of America Central Regional Exhibit
OPA 16th Annual National Exhibition, 2007 - Fredericksburg, TX
2007 - Invitational artist by jury in the Aiken Center For the Arts "5th Annual Sporting Art Show", Feb. 8, 9, 10  
2006-7 - "Life On The Edge" Accepted by jury into the Society of Animal Artist's "Art and the Animal" 46th Annual Exhibit & National Tour 
2006 - Invitational feature artist in  "The Horse In Fine Art" exhibition, sponsored by The American Academy of Equine Art 
"Twilight Crossing" - Purchased for private collection by the founder's of The Wildlife Experience Museum
2005-2006 - "Twilight Crossing" - Accepted by jury into the  the 45th Annual "Art and the Animal" exhibition annual tour , sponsored by the Society of Animal Artists 
2005 - Invitational feature artist in the "Royal Ascot Book", Great Britain,  
Signature artist award for the Collector's Preview Party and Benefit at the International Museum of the Horse, Kentucky Horse Park, by the American Academy of Equine Art 
2004 - Winner of the Best of Show: Oils/Acrylics, Mar , Cheyenne Frontier Days, Old West Museum, "Western Spirit Art Show & Sale 
2004,  Feb / Mar - Published in International Artist magazine,  
2004 - American Academy of Equine Art's 24th Annual Member's Show's invitation and auction -  April 4,  "Equine Spirit" -The Wildlife Experience Museum, Denver,CO,  co-sponsored by the American Academy of Equine Art (AAEA)
2004 - Juried into f the Society of Animal Artists, NY, as a signature member
2003 - Juried into f the Society of Animal Artists, NY, as an associate member
2003 - OPA 12th Annual National Exhibition  - Taos, NM "Wild Horses"
Member of the American Academy of Equine Art, KY 2002  
Winner of the American Academy of Equine Art Founder's Award at the International Museum of the Horse, Lexington, KY, USA   
Saratoga Springs Summer Fine Art Show - Equidae Gallery, July 26 * September 2, 2002
Denver Polo Association's British Airways Polo International - 2002
Arts for the Parks Top 100, 2000  * Winner of the Sam Houston Duck Company Migratory Waterfowl Award, Arts for the Parks    
Oil Painters of America, Top 200     *Invitational artist at the Wildlife Experience Museum's "Wild Horses"  exhibit, 2002-03
Featured Artist in Equine Image Magazine, Polo Player's Edition Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, Coast Magazine, Art of the West Magazine, Hurlingham Polo Association's "Book of the Season", Great Britain    
Selected works featured in South Africa's Polo Assn. website    
Exhibited with: Exhibited with: Kensington Museum, KY;  The Wildlife Experience, CO';  the International Polo Expo, Las Vegas; Will Roger's State Historic Park's Polo In The Park; numerous exhibitions sponsored by the American Academy of Equine Art; Arts for the Parks; Diamond & Spurs Art Auction;  Hayotte Gallery LTD, Saratoga, NY   
Poster artist for: Poster artist for: the Denver Polo Classic 1999, 2000, 2001;  the British Airways Polo International 2002; and the Harriman Cup, WV, 
2000 - OPA 9th Annual National Exhibition, 2000 - Carmel, CA
International Polo Expo 2000 - Las Vegas, NV, October 13-15, 2000
Equestrian's Perspective , 2000 - Sportsman's Gallery, Ltd., Atlanta, GA - 4/1 - 5/6
Denver Polo Classic 2001 & 2000 & 1999, 2001 & 2000 & 1999 - Invitational Commissioned Poster & Featured Exhibition Artist 
Solo Exhibition - 1999 Pacific Coast Open, in Santa Barbara, California

FORMAL EDUCATION 
1972 BA, Secondary Art Educ. * University of Montana, Missoula, MT 
1996 MA, Counseling Psych. - specializing in Gifted &Talented and Family Systems * University of Colorado, Denver, CO

INFORMAL EDUCATION
1998 Jackson Hole, WY Workshop with Tucker Smith & Steven Quiller2000 Computers in Art & Computer Imaging * Metro State College, Denver, CO 
2001 Susan K. Black Foundation Workshops with John Banovich, Greg Beecham, John Seerey-Lester, Mort Solberg
Kay Witherspoon is primarily a self-taught artist by experience, private studies, exhibition and attending artist demonstrations

POSITIONS HELD
1997- Present - Professional Artist, Oil Painter, Metro-Denver, Colorado

1995 - 1998 - Marriage & Family Therapist - Jefferson Center for Mental Health, Denver, CO & private practitioner, Oil Painter 
1984-1988 - Community Living Magazine, Commercial Art Director, Illustrator;  Oil Painter 
1981-1983 - Colorado Art Ltd., Denver, CO - Magazine owner, publisher, Commercial Art Director, Illustrator; Oil Painter
1972-1975 - Hamilton High , Hamilton, MT - Art Teacher; Prof. Oil Painter

COMMERCIAL ART EXPERIENCE
1999:  Witherspoon developed and designed her own website, www.KayWitherspoon.com.
1984-1988
-"Community Living Magazine" -  Kay Witherspoon developed, designed, researched, and implemented all graphic art requirements for the annual magazine publication, Community Living Magazine. The 1988 Edition was the 4th and final edition to be published with the first edition titled, "Motherís Welcome Book"1984. Witherspoon did all the cartography for the publication, including the complete and updated map of the city of Billings, Montana. Witherspoon also took a number of the photographs appearing in the publication, as well as conducted and authored all of the interviews and articles. Witherspoon also included the "Collectors Choice" article featuring prominent regional artists and galleries. 
1983-1984 - "Colorado Art Index: The Complete Resource for Colorado Visual Arts" - Kay Witherspoon developed, designed, researched, and implemented all graphic art set-up for the annual magazine publication, Colorado Art Index. The publication identified Coloradoís artists, galleries, and arts organizations and businesses with a growing directory and articles.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
Member - Society of Animal Artists (SAA) - http://societyofanimalartists.com/

PUBLICATIONS
2015  Editorial feature in the April, 2015 Southwest Art Magazine, pg 92

2014  Featured Artist in the July, 2014 Sidelines Magazine:  For Horse People - About Horse People

2013 -Featured Artist in the May, 2013 edition of Polo Edition Magazine
 
2011 - Selected by Best of Artists and Kennedy Publishing for their
Best of Worldwide Animal/Wildlife Artists Volume I book "We have viewed thousands of artists both on and off line. We visited your site and were extremely impressed with your body of work. You represent the Best of Worldwide artists, an artist who has exhibited style, innovation and uniqueness."

Nov/Dec, 201
0 - Kay Witherspoon was invited by Publications UK Ltd to be featured in "Ten Goal: The Magazine of Guards Polo Club".  "We are delighted to have an artist of your caliber and relevance on board."
"Ten Goal is the bi-annual lifestyle magazine in association with Guards Polo Club, the most prestigious polo club in the world. 
Guards Polo Club
has one of the largest memberships of any polo club and amongst these, some of the highest rated players in the world, patronage of the royal family, society figures, famous personalities and senior corporate executives across the globe." 

June 2005 "Royal Ascot Book, 2005",
Invitational feature artist along with British master artist, George Stubbs, Great Britain
2005 - "Sporting Classics" magazine, July-August , Invitational feature artist in the article titled, "A Gallery of Big Game Artists", p. 156

2004 - "International Artist" magazine, Feb/Mar, pg.122 - Invitation feature artist for the United States 
1999 & 2000 - Hurlingham Polo Association's Book of the Season, 1999 & 2000 - Invitational featured equine oil painter for England's first annual publication with its introduction authored by Prince Charles  
1999 - "Equine Image, Reflections of the Equestrian Lifestyle", Feb./Mar. - Invitational magazine cover artist & featured artist (renamed "Equine Visions" magazine when sold) 
1999, 2000, 2001, 2001 - Polo Magazine - Players Editions
1998 - "Coast Magazine", S.C., - Invitational featured oil painter, "Polo Ponies at Play and the Dashing Argentines"
1981 - 1982 - American Artists of Renown: 1981-1982 - Wilson Publishing Co., Gilmer, TX; Anne Avery, Editor
1982 - Contemporary Western Artists, 1982 - Peggy and Harold Samuels, Southwest Art Publishing
1979 - "Southwest Art Magazine" - Invitational featured artist, "Wilderness Woman"

Polo Program Cover Artist
1999 12th Annual US West Denver Polo Classic
2000 16th Annual Harriman Cup
2002 Polo International Colorado

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS
2013 -Selected as the Signature poster image for the 2ndAnnual Art of The Race, by the Wildlife Experience Museum
2012 -
Selected as the Signature poster image for the 1st Annual Art of The Race, by the Wildlife Experience Museum
2011
- Awarded the Award of Excellence at the 51st Anniversary Exhibition and National Tour which opened in Travers City, MI at the Dennos Museum Center on September 17th, 2011.
2010
-  Awarded the Award of Excellence at the 50th Anniversary Exhibition and National Tour which opened in San Diego
at the an Diego Natural History Museum, California on September 4th, at the of 2010. 
2004 - Feature Artist for the American Academy of Equine Art's April 4, 2004 24th Annual Member's Show's invitation and auction with her oil painting, "Turf Storm" selling at auction for 1.5 x the asking price and itís image featured on the labels of celebratory wine bottles
2004 - Best of Show: Oils/Acrylics - Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum: 23rd Annual Western Spirit Art Show & Sale * March 4 - 28, 2004
2000 - Arts for the Parks National Competition 2000 - Sam Houston Duck Company Migratory Waterfowl Award, Jackson Hole, WY,  Juried Artist Top 100 2000-2001 National Tour and catalogue
1998 - Founder's Award in Oil Painting - American Academy of Equine Art (AAEA),  1998 Fall Show Case

RECENT SELECT COMMISSIONS & COLLECTIONS
2010 -
Painting "Colorado" accepted by President Carter for installation in the permanent collection of the Carter Center, GA
2008 - 2009  A commission to complete 25 oil paintings for December, 2008 installation at the Little Nell Residences, Aspen, Colorado,  Joan Warren-Grady (Art Curator for the Ritz-Carlton)
Commissioned Artist for 44" x 64" scenic Colorado Landscape by William and Joan Porter
2006 - Twilight Crossing", purchased by David and Gail Liniger, founders of the Wildlife Experience Museum and ReMax Realtors, Inc.