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Mind of the Artist, Part VIII: Kay Fuller

March 22, 2017

Happy spring!  This month, we’re diving into Kay Fuller’s light-filled studio in Capitol Hill and learning more about her journey to art.  It may have started later in life, but she has taken full ownership, even serving on the board of the CHAWsome Capitol Hill Art League.  Here’s Kay:

I am a native Washingtonian, but spent most of my adult life in Prince George’s County, where I raised my family. My first husband died in 1985, and I remarried in 1987 and moved to Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, where I paint in a wonderful, light-filled studio in our home.


MY ART: I was a cactus flower when it came to art and never picked up a paint brush until I was 62. Thank goodness I met an artist, Janice Beck, in 2005, who taught me how to use watercolor paint, while enjoying the ambience of Provence. The painting bug bit me hard and I started taking every class I could. Eventually, one of my teachers suggested that I enter my work in the student show, and then in local juried shows. I became a signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society and Potomac Valley Watercolorists. Then, I entered a national juried competition, the MFA “Strokes of Genius,” show and my painting, Abstract Landscape, was accepted and used on the postcard. Now, I belong to several other art organizations and serve on the steering committee of the Capitol Hill Art League and the Board of Governors of the Baltimore Watercolor Society.

Several years ago, my representational watercolors became mundane and soon morphed into expressionistic acrylics and collage pieces, and then into non-representational abstracts. Now my paintings go between representational and abstract. I find inspiration from other artists and workshop instructors. My husband is also an artist and we enjoy taking workshops and painting vacations together. My work can be viewed on my web site, and my blog,

CHAW and ME: My early watercolor painting instruction was from Gina Clapp at CHAW. She encouraged me to enter the CHAW student show and, later, to join the Capitol Hill Art League. I enjoy calling CHAW my home base.

Learn more about opportunities to pick up a paintbrush (or camera…or clay…or tap shoes…) for yourself at CHAW!