Kay Crane

Kay Crane was born in Washington, D.C. into a family of artists. Encouraged from an early age to pursue her interest in art, Kay has been at it for as long as she can remember. Leaving the D.C. area at about age 40, she lived for a time in Germany and Texas before moving to Grand Junction, Colorado in 1999. Living anywhere else now is inconceivable to her. The natural beauty and peacefulness of the area feeds her soul.
From the time she was a tiny child she was drawn to animals and critters of every kind. As a toddler she began by bringing home insects, toads, turtles and snakes to show mom. As she got older she rescued abandoned animals a little further up the food chain. As an adult, her house has often been home to multiple cats, dogs, birds and more exotic pets, as well.
Needless to say, Kay’s artwork has very often reflected this inherent love of animals, usually presented in a colorful and somewhat humorous way. Showing the expression on her subjects’ faces is part of the fun she says, and she hopes the viewer will feel a connection with the subject matter by allowing them to see the personality of each animal shining through.
Kay’s other preferred subject matter is antique and rusty cars and trucks, often seen and photographed in abandoned fields and old barns. It’s the sense of the history these vehicles reflect and the beautiful patina that develops after decades of their life outside that attracts Kay, who often reflects on what lives these vehicles might have lived.
“Painting brings such joy and happiness to me,” says Kay. “I truly hope the viewer of my art will feel some of that, as well.”