Kay Smith’s watercolor paintings set the stage for President Obama’s visit to Lincoln Park, Illinois.

President Barack Obama visits his hometown to do a bit of fundraising.  Kay’s paintings provide a backdrop for the evening’s agenda.

President Obama visits Lincoln Park, Illinois

Kay Smith, Watercolor Laureate of Illinois paintings thrilled the crowd.  As a historical artist Kay’s paintings are all personally researched and painted on site.  Her paintings tell a story. Kay-Smith-Artist-Laureate_Obama-Event-Lincoln-Park-2 Kay’s paintings pictured above are Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson and Fountain of Flowers which was painted on site at the Illinois Executive Mansion. Kay-Smith-Artist-Laureate_Obama-Event-Lincoln-Park-4 President Obama acknowledged Illinois Governor Pat Quinn as an “outstanding governor of the great state of Illinois.” Kay-Smith-Artist-Laureate_Obama-Event-Lincoln-Park-1

Also attending were White House adviser Valerie Jarrett and Henry Munoz, the Finance Chair of the DNC and architect of Obama’s fundraising strategy in the Latino community.

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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