Kay Richards began her professional career as an artist in 1969. Later after a 15-year hiatus to raise her family and pursue her nursing career, she returned to painting and is now devoting all her time to watercolors, acrylics, oils and collages. She captures the beauty and feeling of each subject with her liberal use of vivid colors bringing uniqueness to her paintings, which reveals her strong ties and personal affection for the Southwest.

Kay is a Signature Member of the New Mexico Watercolor Society and has served on its board in various positions. She has studied at the La Romita School of Art in Umbria, Italy, and The University of New Mexico, attended workshops and classes taught by local and internationally known artists and painted in Spain. Her works have been juried into the New Mexico State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, the New Mexico Arts & Crafts Fair, the New Mexico State Fair Hispanic Exhibition, the New Mexico Watercolor Society Show, the National Small Exhibit, the MasterWorks of New Mexico Exhibition, the Palace of Governors (Santa Fe), the cover of the Summer 2000 UNM Continuing Education Catalog, the Fuller Lodge Traditional Show (Los Alamos), the Placitas Artists Series, the South Broadway Cultural Center (Albuquerque) and other local and regional shows. She also has shown at the Albuquerque Press Club and the Mill Atelier Gallery (Santa Fe). Her paintings are also displayed in the Amapola Gallery and Wild Hare Studio in Albuquerque’s Old Town.