Kay Zetlmaier is the embodiment of passion. She is an adventurer, explorer and lover of nature. And she is zealous and responsive to the world around her, as portrayed in her paintings.
Kay has an extensive education in art. An undergraduate art major at Cal State University, Long Beach, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in 1972. Postgraduate honors came later in life with a Masters degree from Cal State University, Dominguez Hills. Her thesis titled, “Transcending Personal and Social Norms and Paint with Autonomy” was an exhibition of the nude male and female in union with the landscape and was shown at a private venue in Ventura County.
Kay fell in love with California’s natural splendor during her childhood years as her parents would make a point of taking her on trips to outdoor places of interest and beauty. Seeing the majestic cliffs of the Grand Canyon, viewing the falls in Yosemite, and waterskiing on the Colorado River, were among the many natural wonders imprinted in Kay’s soul.
Trips abroad to Europe, Canada, Mexico, Turkey and Greece, greatly add to her cache of information and artistic knowledge. Whether combing ruins of Pompeii, absorbing the French countryside, climbing windmills, or observing glaciers, Kay’s personal adventures, home or abroad are represented in her beautiful work.
Currently, Kay is discovering the spontaneity and boldness of abstraction. This transition, albeit not an easy one, has stimulated and offered excitement in her new works. Returning from a week with Artist, Jerry McLaughlin in Mexico, she has been re-charged and driven towards the quest to be an abstract painter and finds herself once again, referencing the earth's environment. “There is a relationship of sensuality, depth, color and movement between man and his environment, and I want to represent this”.
Kay recently retired after thirty years of passing on her knowledge and enthusiasm for art and art history to high school students in Ventura County. “Teaching is my vehicle for advocating the importance of art in the lives of our future." Now she is teaching adults in her studio. Other "hats" Kay wears are: Co-curator for D.A.Davidson & Co. Gallery of professional artists and annual youth art show; volunteer for artist in the classroom, Somis Elementary; past founding director for Ventura’s Plein Air Invitational.
Kay lives in Ventura, CA. Being an artist runs in the family. Her son Randy, (www.randymartinez.art) has created official art for Star Wars, Marvel, Jurassic Park, Aliens, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, the San Francisco Giants and more.