Flagstaff Artist - Kayley Quick
I enjoy creation. The feeling of applying paint to a canvas - every moment being intentional and present. The slowing of breath that happens with focus. The excitement of a new idea that I am being energetically pulled to create. It’s completely intoxicating.
I create art for two reasons: to provide healing for myself through the physical creation of art and to provide a moment a reprieve for my viewers to escape from the overwhelming chatter of the mind. I, also, am a person who thinks too much and too fast. The act of painting changes my physical demeanor. It often feels like play - sometimes with an intense focus on detail and sometimes with a joyful splash of color. I paint colorful scenes of nature and portraits of animals because I believe it connects us back to the innate beauty of the world. Nature is so overwhelmingly awe-inspiring and to be able to capture just a glimmer of that beauty gives me a sense of peace.
I have been creating art since I was very young. As long as I can remember, I have been in love with drawing. It has always been a place for me to go be mindful and present when things weren’t always easy.
In my professional life, I also create posters for Pepsi Amphitheater for the bands that come to Flagstaff. I have created work for The Beach Boys, Widespread Panic, Andrew Bird, REO Speedwagon, and many more. I have been published in the book Poster Children: The Artwork of Widespread Panic. I also have been teaching art and design for 6 years. I currently work at Flagstaff High School teaching graphic design to some amazingly smart and talented individuals. I am extremely blessed to work at this school and am grateful for my job every day.
For more work by Kayley follow her on Instagram @kayley.quick.art