Kay Tietz is a watercolor artist living in Sparks, Nevada since 2001. Kay started exploring watercolor nine years ago when her daughter left for college. She realized that she loved watercolor’s luminosity and spontaneity, and discovered that sometimes watercolor even has a mind of its own which is quite exciting!
Initially, Kay intended painting to simply be a hobby, but she found, after joining Sierra Watercolor Society in 2012, that her work began to garner recognition and awards. The accolades led her to dedicate more time to her artwork. Her watercolors are impressionistic, loose and colorful, with strong shapes, sharp contrasts and a keen focus on the joy of the moment. She strives to be expressive rather than precise, inviting the viewer to enter her paintings, wander around and use their own imagination. Significant influences on her painting have been the internationally known artists Sterling Edwards and Dale Laitinen. Kay takes great inspiration from the High Sierras, and these landscapes are a prominent theme in her paintings. She also enjoys and has a talent for painting abstracts and animals.
In 2014 and 2015, Kay was Sierra Watercolor Society’s elected President. She has also served as their Board Advisor. In addition to exhibiting and selling her work through Sierra Watercolor Society, she has shown and received awards with Latimer Art Club, and at the Artists’ Co-operative of Reno.
For the last 35 years, Kay has lived with one husband, Paul, and numerous cats. Currently, she is often joined in her studio by 19-year-old kitty Marcella, whose favorite color is phthalocyanine blue.
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