Visual Artist

Biography

I was raised on the bayous of southern Louisiana and earned my bachelor degrees at LSU in Baton Rouge. After five years of teaching high school art in the Baton Rouge area, I pursued an MS degree in Arts Administration from Bank Street College and Parsons School of Design in New York, NY.  I stayed in New York, eventually eventually settling into Brooklyn's Clinton Hill neighborhood. There I was a college administrator at Pratt Institute and later lived in a brownstone where I maintained a small painting studio.  With two fellow artists, I  co-founded the South of the Navy Yard Artists (SONYA), a consortium of visual artists and was its president for many years.   Recently my husband, Ted, and I gave up city life and moved to rural Delaware County, NY where I have established East Brook Studios, a papermaking studio and a printmaking studio in a repurposed dairy barn.

Artist Statement

The motivating passion that drives my creative work is my lifelong pursuit of the essential truth and beauty of natural life cycles. I am curious as to how we humans deal with natural laws and energies happening at the edges of our daily consciousness.

I use symbols of portals, homes, paths, trees, forest, wetlands and mountains to represent both the human psyche and natural life force, placing them in landscapes abstracted from my urban, rural, past, present, and dreamed experiences. My primary media are paints, inks and papers. I find that the immediacy, unpredictability, and fragility of the watercolor, collage and printmaking processes on paper work best for narrating the ongoing, ever changing circumstances of a life’s journey.

Kathleen Hayek in the woods near East Brook Studios

Kathleen Hayek in the woods near East Brook Studios