Many years ago before becoming a nurse I was an Art and Architecture major at University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL), now known as University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL). But my love for art began way before then. I began drawing pastel and charcoal drawings and carving wood and, believe it or not, soap as a child. (My parents started art lessons for me as early as the first grade, where I learned the basics. My dad’s favorite pastime was to carve soap, as he was from the West Texas Hill country, and “there wasn’t a whole lot to do.” He passed that love for creating on to me, apparently). I won my earliest art competition in the second grade for my version of a Thanksgiving Dinner! I took art as an elective in high school, but I really didn’t begin to paint until college. My husband and I met at USL as Art and Architecture Majors, but both of us went on to pursue other majors and careers – he as an attorney and me as a nurse.
I really began painting in 2001. My primary focus at that time being painting in watercolor, drawing with charcoal and doing pen and ink drawings. As time went on, I experimented with stained glass. I now find myself in transition, interested in mixed media, acrylic, and encaustic. I am totally inspired by the sea and the peaceful seashore along 30A; as well as places like Rip Van Winkle Gardens and Avery Island, both in New Iberia, LA. These areas that I love so much are full of sea life and wildlife that for me brings a peaceful state of mind and being that nothing can compare to.
After my family began vacationing in Carillon Beach in 2004, we fell in love with 30A and the picturesque surrounding communities as well. We returned year after year, eventually purchasing our home near Panama City Beach, Florida, in a small community known as Seabreeze in 2009. Having recently retired from a 23 year career in nursing, I now split my time between Seabreeze and Lafayette, so you will see a lot of the pieces I do coming from my experiences in and around both places.
My art is my heart so you may see a few paintings where that random person in the painting just so happens to be one of my friends or family. Besides painting, I have done commissioned pieces for businesses and individuals who want a unique logo, art for their office or a special painting that encapsulates their favorite family member.
I am a member of the Lafayette Art Association, the Lafayette Art Association Watercolor Guild, L’Acadian Art Guild, the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, and I am one of the Artists of 30A.
My paintings have been featured in several exhibits throughout Louisiana, New Iberia, and Florida. I have been featured in The Destin Log and The Walton Sun for my work. Currently, some of my paintings are on exhibit at the Lafayette Art Association and beginning on July 5, 2016 through September 30, 2016 I will have a solo exhibit of my paintings at the Lafayette Art Association’s Green Apple Gallery. In March 2017 I will be the featured artist at Florida’s South Walton Coastal Branch Library. I will also be in 008 Magazine’s upcoming issue for June 15, 2016 “About the Artist.”
You may purchase my work online at kayrichoux.com. Also at Quincy Art and Things and Sundog Books in Seaside, FL; at Clay Nursery in Santa Rosa Beach Florida; at Mermaids of 30a at the Hub in Watersound, Florida and at the gift shop at Rip Van Winkle Gardens in New Iberia and at the Lafayette Art Association and Art Gallery in Lafayette, LA.