Kayla Whitney is a Hamilton based artist and muralist, who graduated from the Drawing and Painting Program in OCADU in 2013 with a BFA. Whitney has been creating large-scale public works for the past 7 years, maintaining a diligent and expansive studio practice alongside all her public practise.
Inspired by the Dutch Masters and use of their motifs as a structural base, artists such as Gere Kavanaugh, William Morris, and the Luke Edward Hall’s interiors. Kayla Whitney’s own practise uses a full mixed media approach when making works. Whitney starts with acrylic and/or house paint on wood panel, then using gouache, pencil crayons, chalk and oil pastels to complete the work with intuitive gestures and detail. Her work is informed by an exploration of traditional ideals of beauty and how these common themes can be identified and celebrated across the differences both miniscule and large that we perceive between ourselves and others.