Kay Smith Artist Laureate of IL Paints the Tuskegee Red Tails

Kay Smith Artist Laureate of IL will be live at the 2014 #PrintersRow #LitFestChicago book fair w/ John LaPine AKA @ChicagoBookMan they will be at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library Table.

Kay will be discussing her personal connection with the Tuskegee Airmen involved in the work leading up to her painting the “Red Tails Fighter Escorting the US B17s”  Printer’s Row Lit Fest is considered the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest. The annual festival draws more than 125,000 book lovers to the two-day showcase.

In this Award winning video Kay Smith Talks about her painting Red Tails Escorting the B17s and will discuss the research, including interviews with veterans, that inspired her work.

For more about Kay Smith Artist Laureate of Illinois Historical Locations in Watercolors go to  http://KaySmithArtist.com

Kay Smith Talks about her painting Red Tails Escorting the B17s Artist Kay Smith will discuss her painting Red Tails Escorting the B17s and provide insight into the research, including interviews with Tuskegee Airmen veterans, that inspired her work.

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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