Kay O'Rourke

Kay O'Rourke

I work in oil and mixed media large scale drawings. I also play with found objects, creating artistic narratives. My work celebrates moments and memorializes them. The images can be about joy, humor, anger and even sometimes fear. I follow all the rules of good art making but let my inner person take me where I must go.
    This last year was spent completing a commission of 30 paintings on the History of the Spokane River Gorge from the beginning of time up to Expo 74. I was commissioned by Jim Frank for Kendall Yards in Spokane. These works now hang permanently in “The Spark Center” in Kendall Yards. They represent my way of using “Magic Realism.” I believe myth and folk tales give a better sense of history beyond facts. I am drawn to naturalism, lyricism and myth. I need this to be part of my work, my story.
    I consider my work to be “Paw Prints” of my life journey, the creation of myth from the ordinary.
I have shown nationally and internationally and am in museum collections.