Kay Gretton

Cobweb and Seedheads
Dandelion Clocks
Scotney Seasons
Harbour Light
Village Seasons

Kay has lived and taught in Kent since 1978 and has lived in Maidstone for the past 30 years. She started painting in 2006, having suddenly developed M.E. and Fibromyalgia.  This led to her losing her 26-year career as a manager, cello/double bass teacher and orchestral conductor at Kent Music School.

Having lost the ability to teach, play and conduct, her creativity has been redirected through art.  Two of the three A levels she studied at school in Wiltshire were Art and Music and she could have studied either subject at college, before deciding to train as a peripatetic cello teacher at Dartington. When she first became ill in her late 40s, she attended Art Therapy sessions at the Blackthorn Trust and then enrolled at local art classes held in the Adult Education Centre here in Maidstone.

She now shows her work at a large number of exhibitions; she sells widely and has won several art prizes, including twice winning the Jess Beazley Watercolour Prize at the Wrotham Arts Festival and winning the People’s Choice at the Bentlif South-East Open Arts Exhibition in Maidstone. She exhibited recently at a large exhibition called ‘Under the Rainbow’ held in a retail unit at Bluewater. There were about 60 artists from Kent and London and approximately 1,000 exhibits: Kay not only won ‘Best Watercolour’ for her painting called “Changes” but also won ‘Best in Show’ for another of her four-image horizontal watercolours called “Four Seasons”, which is featured on the Home Page.

Kay works from life, photos and her imagination and uses watercolour, acrylics and pen & ink. She creates her artwork in a studio at her home in Allington – one of the rooms released by her sons growing up and leaving home! She has developed a distinctive divisional style of painting depicting the changing of seasons through a year, or the light as it changes through a day.

She is currently working on an exciting project in which she is writing a children’s storybook, illustrated with many of her changing seasonal images - and her grandchildren. Watch this space…

You can view a selection of Kay’s work in the gallery below and her full portfolio can be found on her website, together with prices and contact details.

Website: www.kaygretton.art

Email: kaygretton@yahoo.co.uk

Mobile: 07889 388871

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