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Kay Carter


Kay Carter

After retirement in 2008, I began an intentional and intense exploration of the world of visual arts.  Previously my work, in human service,  had been challenging, worthy, and rewarding.  I didn’t know, however, how much delight one could experience until I focused my energy on my art work.  I am now unapologetically in love with form, color, space and the beautiful State of Maine. 

I paint places where I have hiked, camped, and lived (mostly in Maine).  I also create paintings which celebrate the mundane events in the cycle of years:  hanging the clothes outside on a windy spring day, processing strawberries picked from the fields in early summer.  These are the things which make life in Maine special – the attention to that which nurtures and that which is grounded in our beautiful Mother Earth.

In the process of paintings, I am challenged to see beyond the finite and find not only the rhythms, colors and patterns unique to the subject at hand but also the tensions and energy which reflect a more infinite whole.  My study of studio art has been cumulative and eclectic over many years, starting with an inspired teacher in junior high school who opened a window for me to the joy of creating and extending to the post retirement years in which I have followed a studio art curriculum at the University of Maine.  My passion for creating over the years has led to explorations of pottery, calligraphy, Jacobean crewel work, and rug hooking.  I am indebted to teachers with whom I studied and from whom I continue to learn.


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