Kathy Mack O'Day

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Kathy Mack O’Day is an imaginative colorist whose contemporary style of painting is characterized by the use of compelling color and texture. Many of her acrylic paintings and acrylic monotypes have been juried into national and international shows and reside in corporate and private collections throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan.
Kathy applies very thick pigment to her creations, giving some of them an “impasto” look. She blends colors and textures, creating richly diverse abstrations. “My work frequently has an artibrary and intuitive starting point,” says Kathy. “I’m not concerned with obvious subject matter; I’d rather have the viewer discover their own images from each painting.”

Painting acrylic on watercolor paper, Kathy uses the wet - on - wet technique. Sometimes, she blends sand or pebbles with her mediums to create additional texture.

Her monotypes combine print-making with painting: Each print is “one of a kind,” painted first on a zinc or aluminum plate with acrylic waterbased paint. Acid-free museum board or watercolor paper is then pressed against the surface and the image is transferred. This method allows her to create incredible depth on a very small surface, “...almost impossible to achieve with direct painting,” says Kathy.

Kathy has received numerous awards for her innovative work. These include Third Prize for miniature acrylic, Santa Barbara National Juried Fine Arts Invitational Exhibit ‘90; the Dick Blick Merit Award for oil on paper; Maryland Federation of Art ‘88; and an equal Award for Excellence, for acrylic, Marshall Award Show ‘88; and Small Works Show ‘91, The Art League in Alexandria, Virginia.

Recently, Kathy has made her work available as limited edition giclee prints.

McBride Gallery is pleased to represent the work of Kathy Mack O’Day.

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