Natural Abstractions exhibit at the Art Association Gallery

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Torch meets beeswax in Stratman abstracts” article in the Jackson Hole News & Guide.

Her latest exhibit, “Natural Abstractions,” on display at the Art Association Gallery at the Center for the Arts from Friday to July 29, takes inspiration from nature and turns it into abstract, colorful, vibrant paintings.

Kay Stratman’s Natural Abstractions & ART NOTES” article in the Jackson Hole Art Blog.

Kay Stratman’s star is on the rise. Quietly experimenting with new techniques and compositions, the artist will introduce her new work to the public on Friday, July 7th, at the Art Association Gallery in Jackson’s Center for the Arts. An Opening Reception for her “Natural Abstractions (watercolor + wax)” takes place that evening, 5-8:00 pm. Additionally, Stratman plans a gallery talk on Thursday, July 20th, at 6:00 pm. The talk coincides with that evening’s Art Walk.

One New Painting to Share

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January 25, 2012  My newest painting is Monday Morning Breakfast Group.  The title came first (my husband has breakfast with a bunch of guys every monday, and they call themselves that.)  But the idea was right there with the name.  You will see in the New and Available works that I first did a study, a smaller piece of the larger painting, to determine colors, positioning etc.  Normally my works are much more spontaneous.  This one required lots of planning.  The loose, watery background looks like it was the easy part, but no, it took 3 tries to get it right.  The details are oddly not as difficult. If I can figure out how to post photos in my blog, I will share the finished piece and the anatomy of the painting. (Click on the thumbnail to see the full painting.)

Recent Awards and Accomplishments

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Recent Awards and Accomplishments include:

  • Purchase of “Ruffled Feathers” by the Grand Teton Association, August 2011
  • National Capital Area Chapter Award at the Sumi-e Society annual national juried exhibit in Lorton, VA 2010
  • Ming Chiao Award at the Sumi-e Society annual national juried exhibit, Bethesda, MD 2008
  • Paul Schwartz Memorial Award at the Sumi-e Society annual national juried exhibit, 2005 and 2006
  • Irving Affias Award at the Sumi-e Society annual national juried exhibit, Bethesda, MD 2003
  • Honorable Mention, Touchstone Gallery annual national juried All Media Exhibit, Washington DC 2002
  • “Tesshin Sasaki” Award, Sumi-e Society of America annual national juried exhibit, Portsmouth VA 2001
  • Winsor-Newton Award, Sumi-e Society of America annual national juried exhibit, Long Island NY 1999
  • Ming Chiao Award for Non-Traditional Painting, Sumi-e Society of America annual exhibit, Mobile, AL 1998
  • 1st Place Award, Target Gallery, National Capital Area Chapter of the Sumi-e Society juried members show, Alexandria VA 1998

Two Teaching Announcements

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January 25, 2012   Hi all, I have two teaching announcements and one new painting to share.

Announcement 1 – I will be teaching a 4 day workshop along side fabulous encaustic artist Daniella Woolf this spring for the Art Association at the Center for the Arts in Jackson Hole.  The details are as follows:”Encaustic Combo,Watercolor + Wax”, Daniella Woolf & Kay Stratman, May 29 – June 1, Tues – Fri | 9am –4:30pm. I will teach P’o Mo painting as a base for the multitude of encaustic techniques you will learn from Danielle.  It will be lots of fun, I guarantee. Don’t intimidate yourself by expecting a masterpiece.  Expect instead to learn many new techniques, and new art form, create a mess, and some delightful artwork as well.  (See my description of Danielle’s Encaustic workshop last year, below.) The enrollment deadline is April 27.  The link to the Art Association website, in order to sign up is:, and is on page 12 of the catalog.

Announcement 2 – I will be teaching SPLASH AND POUR – Watercolor without the Fear  (really!) on SATURDAY MAY 19 at the Art Association/Center for the Arts in Jackson Hole from 10am – 9pm.  P’o Mo techniques, demostrations, lots of hands-on.  Either beginning or intermediate.  Learn something new, refresh your memory from past workshops, adapt it to your own style of painting.  Anything goes.  Some materials will be provided. The link to the Art Association website, in order to sign up is:, and is on page 10 of the catalog.

I’m back! After several months hiatus

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 Nov. 11, 2011  I’m back!  After several months hiatus, I am excited to be back in my studio!  Several new paintings are posted, and one announcement that I am proud of:  My painting “Ruffled Feathers” was purchased this summer by the Grand Teton Association for their collection.  I am quite honored as they have some very prestigious artists in their collection.  (You can see it in the “Flower and Bird Archives” on this website.)

I took a workshop taught by Daniella Woolf in encaustic painting.  Soooo much fun and so very different than watercolor painting.  I plan to incorporate some of the techniques with my own painting and what I come up with we shall see.  In encaustics basically you “paint” with molten beeswax mixed with pigment.  Colors are layered on and textures are added using many different techniques. Things can be collaged into the piece and that is where I hope to do some experimenting – incorporating pieces of my paintings with an encaustic background.  In fact I will be teaching along side Daniella in the spring in the same workshop here in Jackson Hole at the Center for the Arts.  Watch the Art Association of Jackson Hole offerings for more information.  I will post it as well.

The book I illustrated – The Christmas Crown

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December 22, 2010  The book I illustrated, The Christmas Crown, is available locally in Jackson Hole at Valley Bookstore and Horizon Fine Arts, AND on!! I have had fun with booksignings around town this holiday season.

I will be teaching classes at the Center for the Arts in Jackson, through the JH Art Association, in March. Visit their website for all details:

Winter doesn’t stop my creative urge, only fuels it. For years I did not care for paintings of winter, and now I LOVE them. But the landscape here is so beautiful in the winter that there are never ending vistas to paint. Keep watching for my latest (still inside my head, but soon to come alive on paper.)

Happy Holidays!