Traditional Oil Paintings in the Classical Tradition
by SAA 2x award of excellence signature artist,  Kay Witherspoon, MA, SAA

Copyright 1997    Kay Witherspoon
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Kay Witherspoon



A modern day Renaissance woman, Kay Witherspoon has worked on her Aunt and Uncle Winninger's Wyoming cattle ranch (1964-66); on trail crews for the U.S. Forest Service in Montana and Idaho (1971-73) in the Salmon River Wilderness and Bitterroot National Forest where she lived and worked fighting  forest fires, clearing trails and salmon hatching channels, and doing river count on the Salmon River, ID; as a high school history and art teacher (1973-75) in Hamilton, MT; in Denver, Colorado as a residential realtor (1976-83); as an owner,  publisher and art director for "The Colorado Art Index" and "Community Living" Magazines (1982-89); as marketing director for the Billings Deaconess Hospital; and as a graduate counselor at the University of Colorado; and as a marriage and family therapist with the Jefferson Center for Mental Health (1996 97).  Throughout this varied career life Witherspoon painted, exhibited, and sold her work.

In 1997, Kay leased a commercial studio in downtown Littleton, Colorado that was large enough to paint and teach art to small groups.  She began to pursue her life-long passion for painting on a full time basis, exhibiting,  earning top awards, and selling in national and regional shows.  In 2004, Witherspoon purchased her studio condominium in Englewood, Colorado near The Wildlife Experience Museum where she paints, maintains an internet gallery, teaches workshops, and markets her original and limited edition prints. Kay is a signature member of  the Society of Animal Artists (SAA).

Kay is the second of five children of Bill and Ruth Witherspoon of Billings, Montana. She resides in Littleton, Colorado with her husband, James Thomas ("Tom") Ayers.  Her son, Remington and daughter-in-law, Melissa both have careers in medicine and are the parents of Sophie and Stella Ayers.  Kay enjoys golfing, fishing, snow-skiing, hiking, photography, cooking, swimming, teaching art, and her church fellowship at Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.


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