Kay Layne’s abstract expression work has been displayed in juried shows in Washington, DC; Alexandria, VA; Providence, RI; Leesburg, VA; Fairfax, VA; Harrisburg, PA; Hagerstown, MD; Glen Echo, MD; Baltimore, MD; Frederick, Md.; Annapolis, MD; Rockville, MD; Fredericksburg, VA; Chevy Chase, MD; Carlisle, PA; Aldie VA; Milltown, VA; and Laurel, M.D.
Ms. Layne studied art at Rice University in Houston, TX; Art League at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria VA; Delaplaine Arts & Education Center in Frederick, MD; Glen Echo Park in Cabin John, MD; and at Artworks in Reston, VA. Ms. Layne grew up in the Texas Panhandle and received her architecture degree from Rice University. She worked on architectural projects diverse as hospitals, prisons, educational facilities, research facilities, Metro stations, and sports and recreation arenas with Metcalf Associates; Harry Weese & Associates; Chapman, Miller, & Layne (principal); and DMJM (now AECOM) (Associate Vice President). She is now retired from architecture and paints for expression.
Abstract painting has always drawn me because I make paintings that do not have to make an outward statement but can elicit emotion depending on the makeup of the viewer. My work can be soothing, challenging, or upsetting.
I don’t paint realism, because I prefer that the viewer respond without my directing him through realistic images.
My work is abstract color field in style. I believe growing up in the Texas Panhandle, where the terrain is so flat you can see the grain elevators and oil derricks fifteen miles away, has influenced my simple planar compositions. In addition, my previous architectural profession has influenced my use of geometric elements in my work.
I use contrasting and harmonious colors with geometric shapes imposed over flat or textured surfaces. I favor strong colors in either earth tones or sharp arresting colors in opposition to each other. My textured paint surfaces reflect the hard environment of the Southwest and are created with crumpled tissue paper, paste medium, and/or trowel marks.
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