- Artist Kay Carlson
Sausalito California Colorist Artist
intention is to see beyond the physical qualities within a landscape. I
choose locations which have a certain wildness, where the essence and
story are more than contours and lines.
My passion is to see and capture with oil paint how color is changed by
the influence of light. I am inspired by many of the same historical
sources as the California Colorists, the Society of Six.
The French and American Impressionists have also influenced my work.
In Sausalito, on the coast near my longtime waterfront studio, I explore
special times of the day when the waves, clouds, and atmosphere create a
visual drama. In the fields of the Napa-Sonoma wine country and Tuscany
Italy, I work with outdoor easels returning often for entire days to
capture the effects of light and shadow. My preferred palette is vibrant
with the scarlet of autumn vines, yellow of spring mustard, and a myriad
of blues, lavenders and greys that reflect seasonal changes.
I want to create images which light up peopleís lives with the abundance
and sensuality of the natural world. I share my observations in a
dialogue with paint as gifts from the earth.
Kay Carlson 2010
A air painter specializing in Northern California scenes, her colorful
brushstrokes instantly usher you into an emotional connection with the
vineyards, panoramic coastlines and mountains she calls home.
Ms. Carlson received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and
quickly followed her interest in painting, enrolling in postgraduate
study at the prestigious San Francisco Art Institute. Her diverse
accomplishments include solo exhibitions at the Mondavi Winery,
Sausalito City Hall in Sausalito, California, the University of
California, and the Bank-America World Headquarters in San Francisco.
Her work has been displayed at the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, Spain,
the Extemporanea di Nicola XXI in Tuscany, Italy, both the 3-Com and
Loral Corporations in San Jose, and a host of galleries in New York, Los
Angeles, Oregon and California. In 2000 she was awarded the American
Impressionist Society 2nd annual Merit award. She also founded Marin
Open Studios to increase the publicís awareness and appreciation of
Recognized as an expert in her field, Carlson served as a board member
on the Marin Arts Council for five years and curated Art Exhibitions at
the Concordia Argonaut Club in San Francisco. She held the position of
Art Critic at City of Celebration Newspaper in San Francisco, and was
president of Sight/Insight Art Center in Mill Valley, California. She
has been profiled in numerous fine arts publications, and her many
collectors range from corporations to individuals residing all over the
I invite you to make an appointment to personally meet me and view my
current inventory of art works. After a visit to my Studio, spend the
day experiencing the waterfront community of Sausalito, full of
Mediterranean ambiance, open air cafes, and views of San Francisco. For
contact information and directions to my studio visit