A plein air painter specializing in Northern California scenes, Kay Carlson’s colorful brushstrokes instantly usher her viewers into an emotional connection with the vineyards, panoramic coastlines and mountains she calls home
Kay’s impressive credentials span two decades. Carlson received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and followed her interest in painting, enrolling in postgraduate study at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Her diverse accomplishments include twenty solo exhibitions and over ninety group shows. Solos include the Mondavi Winery, Sausalito City Hall, the University of California, and the BankAmerica 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, 3Com 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 in 1994 to increase the public’s awareness and appreciation of local artists and is the current executive director from 2012-2018.
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 internationally.