Kay Brathol-Hostvet's pastel and acrylic landscape paintings have been described as "Contemporary Regionalism" and "emotive landscapes." She works from her home studio in Eau Claire, Wisconsin as well as teaches workshops in the Midwest.

She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Studio Arts, with concentrations in painting and drawing. Brathol-Hostvet's work is in numerous private and corporate collections including, among others, the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, Wisconsin Department of Revenue, and North Central Trust Company. She is represented by Abel Contemporary Gallery (formerly Artisan Gallery), Paoli, Wisconsin;  Edgewood Orchard Galleries, Fish Creek, Wisconsin; and Riverwood Art and Frame, Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

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Gallery Representation

Edgewood Orchard Galleries

Fish Creek, Wisconsin (Door County)

Abel Contemporary Gallery

Paoli, Wisconsin (Madison area)

Riverwood Art and Frame

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

The essence of my work is a synthesis of the landscape tradition and personal expression. Physical space, tension, and the transient moment are common threads in all of my landscapes; these themes combine to suggest an array of universal human emotions. The landscape is at once both eternal and ephemeral- the flow of the river, the dancing of golden grasses in autumn, the play of light across a field at sunrise, the rumble of an approaching storm. It is the fleeting moment- the inevitable and natural change that catches my breath and inspires me in my work.

My acrylic work combines expansive space, emotive color, and sensuality and implied movement through heavily textured surfaces. Tension is created between the underlying energetic texture and the inherent calm of the horizontal landscape. Abstract compositions rather than specific sites form the basis of my images.

My pastels, while similar in subject and composition, are much more detailed and naturalistic, and often site-specific. They are often celebrations of my favorite places; my intent is to share the emotions I feel when at these places.

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