Kay Roman doesn’t remember when she first became an artist. Perhaps it was as a small child coloring with crayons. Or maybe in 2nd grade when she won an art contest at her school. It may have been years later, when she learned the subtle alchemy of mixing her own paint colors or when she fell in love with charcoal in her art classes at Truckee Meadows Community College. She only knows that she derives a child-like creative ecstasy in bringing her art to life.

While admiring artists as diverse as Renoir, Georgia O’Keefe, and Banksy, Kay has developed her own style that springs from a sense of playfulness, color and joy. Rather than constructing her pieces based on well-trod conventions and theories, Kay simply begins with a seed of an idea and lets it grow organically into living, breathing art. She seeks to connect with the inner child of her audience, and remind them of the primal joy and vibrancy of life—and art. Sometimes her work makes her laugh from sheer pleasure, and she invites her audience to laugh with her.