Biography

Kay Kemp Head Shot

With all of my art I seek to inspire a thought, a word, a deed, or a prayer towards healing the planet and our sacred relationship to it.
- Kay Kemp

Texas artist Kay Kemp can't remember a time when she was not making art. She loves to experiment with paint, paper, and fabrics as she explores a variety of subjects and techniques.


Her primary means of expression is painting in acrylic and Gouache. Kay allows the images and patterns to develop spontaneously which often results in glorious surprises and new directions as the pieces unfold. Her work is often inspired by the materials themselves which include handmade papers, vintage fabric, laces, and collectables from around the globe.


Kay was born in 1948 in Estes Park, Colorado but has lived in Houston most of her life. She grew up in the Heights, now a historic district of Houston where numerous artists reside. In 2002 Kay returned to the neighborhood to live and create. With her 1925 cottage studio only steps away from her home, late-night inspiration can easily unfold!


Kemp's long-time career in graphic arts led her to become intensely interested in the creative process itself. Over the following decades her artmaking manifested in a variety of ways-as illustrator, designer, creativity coach, and teacher. She is founder of Wild Heart Art (wildheartart.com) in Houston, Texas where she guides others in finding their true voices of self-expression. Kay conducts workshops throughout the United States and special retreats in other countries. Her programs lead participants to experience their own creativity in new ways as they open to the joy and healing creativity brings.


Much of Kay's art includes images and symbols of sacred women. Her visionary work expresses an appreciation of the spiritual and creative power of women as it manifests in various forms and archetypes.


Through Kay's recent tree series, she seeks to bring attention to the crucial interdependence of people and plants - especially that of trees - which is critical to the survival of our planet.


For many Kay's art elicits a spiritual resonance along with her original writing that accompanies many of her pieces. Her body of work has been described as healing and inspirational. The website is regularly updated with Kay's pieces so please visit the site often. To view her art, see her Portfolio. For purchase, special commissions, licensing, or inquiries please Contact Kay.


Artist Chronology

2013 21st Annual Women of Wisdom Conference, Cover Art, Seattle, Washington, February 14 - 18, 2013
We'Moon 2013, The Other Side, We'Moon on the Wall 2013, & We'Moon Greeting Cards, Published Mother Tongue Ink, Wolf Creek, Oregon

2012 Art For The Trees If You Please, Mixed Emotions Gallery, December 11, 2012
Transcedance, Jung Center, Houston, Texas, June 16, 2012
29th Visual Arts Alliance Annual Juried Exhibition, Houston, Texas, May 11 - June 30, 2012
New Roots Art Show, Houston Heights, May 5, 2012

2011 12x12 Show, Betz Gallery, November 12 - December 2, 2011
Art on the Avenue, Avenue Community Development Association, Houston, Texas 2008, November 10 - 12, 2011
The Doshi House Studio, Featured Artist, Houston, Texas, January 27, 2011

2010 Art on the Avenue, Avenue Community Development Association, Houston, Texas, November 11-13, 2010
Tansu, Houston, Texas, 2006 - 2010
Gallery on the Square, Wimberley, Texas, 2005 - 2010

2009 Circles and Cycles, Artists Kay Kemp and Christi Hellrung explore the symbolism of cirles in th cycle of life and creativity. Live Oak Art Center, Columbus, Texas, September 12 - November 7, 2009
Creative Process for the Wild Heart Art Exhibition, Winter Street Studios Gallery, Houston, Texas, January 31, 2009
Gallery 1550, Kerrville, Texas, 2007 - 2009

2008 The Art Box: Year 5, Bering & James Gallery, Houston, Texas, December 5 - 31, 2008
Art on the Avenue, Avenue Community Development Association, Houston, Texas, November 6 - 8, 2008

2007 Creative Process for the Wild Heart Art Exhibition, Houston, Texas, February 17, 2007
Nic Noblique Studio Gallery Grand Opening Exhibition, Galveston, Texas, August 25 - September 15, 2007
Private Gallery, Port O' Spain, Trinidad 2006 - 2007

2006 Art on the Avenue, Avenue Community Development Association, Houston, Texas, November 16 - 18, 2008
Art, Spirituality and Healing, Trinity Episcopal Church Juried Exhibition, Galveston, Texas, 2006
The Historic Houston Heights Art Show & Sale, Houston, Texas 2006
Art Alley, Houston, Texas, 2005 - 2006

2005 Annual Box Art Show, Bering & James Gallery Annual Houston, Texas, December 10 - 31, 2005
Home is Whre the Art Is, The Historic Houston Heights Art Show & Sale, Houston, Texas, April 1 - 3, 2005
October Gallery, Houston, Texas 2004 - 2005

2004 Box Art Show, Mindpuddles Gallery, Houston, Texas, December, 12 - 31, 2004
Twists and Turns - Women in Visual and Literary Arts (WIVLA), Exhibition of collaborative works by visual artists and writers, The Museum of Printing History, Houston, Texas, October 21 - November 3, 2004
Art For The Heart - Women in Visual and Literary Arts (WIVLA), Juried Exhibition, Houston, Texas July 15 - August 27, 2004
21st Visual Arts Alliance Annual Juried Exhibition, Houston, Texas, April 19 - May 21, 2004