NAME: Andy Kay
1. So we’re going to start with the difficult question: sum up your creative process in one word/phrase, and explain why!
My creative process begins with an unbridled love for color and happy imagery that I then turn into a story that I hope resonates with my audience.
2. Were you always an artist, even as a child? What was your path to becoming an artist?
Ever since I can remember, I’ve pursued my artistic passions. I have always had the urge to doodle and draw what makes me smile. My parents were my first fans and my biggest cheerleaders, so they persistently pushed me to explore what my art could become.
3. What is your medium of choice and what drew you to this particular medium?
I adore watercolor! There is something so relaxing in how unpredictable watercolor can be. Most of the time, I like to let go and see where my medium can take me, and watercolor is perfect for that.
4. Is there any particular experience, person, place or thing that inspires you to create? Tell us about that.
I am very inspired by animals, especially ones that can be considered as “oddities.” I find myself always in awe of how amazing animals are and I try my best to translate that into my work.
5. What is it like showing your work to people and what do you hope people take away from it?
If I make someone smile, I feel like I’ve done my job! I especially love hearing people explain how my work speaks to them/tells them a story. I want to inspire a love for the unique and a feeling of pure joy.
6. What advice do you have for other artists who may be looking to get their work exhibited?
I would say to not let anything hold you back. I tend to be very critical of myself, but have learned to just dive in. There is always an audience for your work in the present, and you don’t know unless you go for it!