ABOUT THE ARTIST
Kayleigh believes that our homes and work spaces should be full of inspiration, peace, and beauty. Kayleigh believes that art is a vehicle to praise our Creator, and that good art should point the viewer to God, the one divine Mind.
Kayleigh often paints spiritual / Biblical themes because she saw a gap in the religious / scriptural art available; it's either very literal and focused on material realism, or it is totally nonrepresentational - abstracted to the point where thought is left a bit lost. These two extremes have their place, but left her wondering if there was a middle ground -- art that is identifiable and relatable, yet could still transcend the material. Kayleigh strives to depict enough of the subject matter to communicate, but also leaves out unnecessary detail so that the viewer may draw their own conclusions and think for themselves. Her goal is to elevate thought to the spiritual - beyond the limits of frail materiality.
Kayleigh was born into a loving family that supports and encourages her to pursue her love for art. She graduated from Principia College, in Elsah, Illinois in 2011 with majors in Graphic Design and Mass Communication. Since then, she’s worked for several companies in their Graphics / Marketing departments. In one of these jobs, she worked for a corporate art provider, selecting artwork for banks, offices, senior living facilities, civic centers and law firms. Kayleigh learned much about quality, sizing, framing, and many other nuts n’ bolts of the artwork industry. After a decade of living in the Midwest, Kayleigh, her husband, and their son are now back in Texas near her family — and loving it! Her work has appeared in group shows and competitions and can be found in private collections across the country.
WHY the name PRISM & PEARL?
The name Prism and Pearl Fine Art came to Kayleigh from the desire to make a difference with work that was bigger than just herself. As you can probably tell from the collections of artwork available on this website, Kayleigh loves nature, the Bible, and Southern charm! Prism & Pearl is the fusion of these interests and hails from these scriptural verses.
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it" (Matt. 13:45, 46).
"To mortal sense Science seems at first obscure, abstract, and dark; but a bright promise crowns its brow. When understood, it is Truth's prism and praise" (Mary Baker Eddy - Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures 558:10–13).
ABOUT THE WORK
Kayleigh’s work is for anyone who wants fresh, uplifting art that invites the viewer to transcend the material by letting thought expand heavenward. Those who love light, nature, a sense of space, fun, and adventure, will enjoy her work.
She paints inspirational artwork in both abstract and representational styles that are informed by a desire to create a sense of uplift and light. Shifting between painting Plein Air and in her studio, Kayleigh creates pieces that represent recognizable stories and Biblical spiritual concepts.
Kayleigh’s signature style is cubist, with select areas of heavy impasto that creates a stained glass effect. The artist fractures an idea into different facets of interpretation, creating a light-filled prismatic effect. She hopes her art will impart a sense of joy and uplift. She loves to take a scene or idea and tell the viewer something new; present it in a new, beautiful way. Kayleigh sees the visual arts as a means for expressing the beauty of Soul, not as a personal creator, but as a celebration of what divine Mind has already made.
In order to capture the quickly changing light, shadows, wind and movement of nature, she paints her landscapes in Plein Air. She achieves the luminous glow of sun or moonlight through keeping some edges crisp, and softening others — playing with the focus. To do this she usually works in oil paint while making landscape art. She achieves the depth, complex effects, and impasto texture in her abstracts by using palette knives, and sometimes even layering in other found materials for texture.
Kayleigh is interested in…
Capturing the vastness of a landscape and showing the colors that are secretly there.
Taking a familiar image or shape and fracturing it to show the glimmering facets of a new interpretation.
Sharing a fun and fresh side to an idea that tells a story and transports the viewer to a higher place in thought.