Kay Smith Artist Laureate of IL Gulf War Veterans Parade

Kay Smith Artist Laureate of IL Gulf War Veterans Parade

Here is a frame w/ Kay’s Gulf War Veterans Parade watercolor artwork. Through these insightful, engaging watercolors, she presents a powerful narrative of American life – from the cheerful Colonial Kitchen at Sturbridge to the quiet sorrow of Vicksburg Battlefield to the proud Relighting of the Statue of Liberty.The artist has kept The American Legacy Collection intact with the purpose of establishing a museum for the paintings either privately or in league with an established museum valuing historical art–a permanent home where it can be viewed in its entirety, bringing the scope of the American story boldly to life for generations to come.

Kay Smith Artist Laureate of IL

About Illinois Artist Laureate Kay Smith

After completing my studies at the School of the Art Institute, I worked as an illustrator. As the 1976 Bicentennial approached there was a fever of interest in American history. In 1971, I was asked to illustrate a book on the American Revolutionary War period which required me to travel to historic locations to paint the actual scenes. As my travels crossed and crisscrossed the paths of the patriots, I entered their lives and was forever caught in the inescapable skeins of history and was thrust into the role of historical painter. What began as a single assignment has grown over the past 40-plus years into the largest collection of American historical-site paintings ever created by a single artist. To see these historical works and to learn more about The American Legacy Collection, please visit my website at: www.kaysmithartist.com. The American Legacy Collection is a dramatic panorama of this country's historical places and its defining moments. My original watercolors chronicle 500 years of the American experience and preserve with an artist's palette our American heritage.

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