I came to painting relatively late. Twenty years of three-dimensional works and perhaps the arrival of midlife left me longing for a change of subject, medium, interpretive style -- all of it. Though I attended RISD in the late sixties and early seventies, as a painter I am essentially self-taught. I began with pastel and then moved on to oil, did a lot of reading and scrutinized the masters of still life. Most of my heroes are not still life painters per se. Martin Johnson Heade and Johannes Vermeer top my list, but I am drawn to and influenced by Spanish Painters Cotan and Zurbaran, the American John Peto and the French master of fruit and flowers Henri Fantin-Latour.
My technique is painstaking and incremental in nature. I work ony from life, no photographs, and most often with natural light. My goal is a simple one but not easily attained. I hope, through careful arrangement and the closest and truest observation I can manage, to produce for the viewer and emotional response to the common objects that surround us all.
- Kay Ritter
Rhode Island School of Design, 1968 - 1971
Shows and Exhibitions, Sculpture:
Group Show- Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, RI, December 2001
Public Collections: Sculpture