Gallery Artist: kay ritter
about the artist
Kay Ritter was born on March 26, 1950 in Trenton, New Jersey. She received an education from the Rhode Island School of Design in the late sixties and early seventies and is now a member of the Art League of Rhode Island. Since beginning her art career, she has juried a number of exhibits and participated in a myriad of art shows along the East Coast—including those in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington D.C., North Carolina, and Florida—as well as shows in Texas, New Mexico, Wisconsin, and even Essex, UK. In addition, Ritter has received Honorable Mention in the Newport Art Museum Annual Juried Members Exhibition, The Everett Molinari Memorial Award in the AAPL 83 rd Grand National Exhibition, Third Place in the Third Annual National Juried Exhibition at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, and was a Finalist in The Artist’s Magazine 21 st Annual Competition.
Although I spent the first half of my career as an artist making rather whimsical fabric mache figures, the longing to make pictures of things I found beautiful or interesting set me on a new course, one I have followed for the last 20 years.
My subjects tend to be denizens of the natural world, for which I feel a particular reverence or, in the case of animals, a tender connection. I am an avid gardener and often paint what I grow. The challenge is to describe the chosen objects in such a way as to leave the viewer with an emotional experience, ideally one of pleasure. To that end I employ a painstaking technique, observing and recording what I have arranged. Manipulating the light, which for me is almost always natural light, is essential to the success of the painting.
As my work has evolved, I often include the suggestion of a story behind the image portrayed. Most importantly, I want each painting to invite the viewer into an alternate reality where amusement and speculation reign.