Golden Hour II SOLD pastel 17 x 28 (9.5 x 20)

Golden Hour II SOLD

pastel 17 x 28 (9.5 x 20)

Fading Light $950 pastel 16 x 20

Fading Light $950

pastel 16 x 20

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Kay Brathol-Hostvet

For almost three decades my primary creative focus has been the Midwestern landscape. My works are a synthesis of the American landscape tradition and self expression. The artists George Inness, Martin Johnson Heade, and Wolf Kahn have had a profound impact on my interest in the emotive landscape. The open expanse of a landscape can personify sincerity; it can also represent personal freedom, or embody loneliness or isolation. Dynamism in nature is intimately linked to psychological states. The landscape with its constantly changing light and shadow, weather and seasons becomes a metaphor for our moods and emotions.

My work in soft pastel has been described as Contemporary Regionalism - a celebration of the land, but with a modern aesthetic. I am particularly interested in the concept of quiet anticipation-an expectant stillness that one feels at certain times of the day. I work from a combination of sources: my own photographs taken on photo journeys through the local countryside, notes that I take when on those journeys, and design and value studies. The photos act as a catalyst and reminder of form. While the paintings may look realistic, they are carefully designed with an intent to capture that transient moment.


Kay Brathol-Hostvet works from her home studio in Eau Claire, WI. She also teaches art workshops in drawing, design, pastel, and acrylic at various facilities around the midwest and Arizona. 


Current Works

Rolling Hills SOLD pastel 8 x 10

Rolling Hills SOLD

pastel 8 x 10

Meadow Tracks SOLD

pastel 9.5 x 11.5

Goodbye SOLD

pastel 12 x 20

Last Light SOLD

pastel 15 x 26

Sometimes SOLD

pastel 15 x 26

On The Edge II $900

pastel 15 x 26

Racing the Sunset $600

pastel 12 x 20

Vanishing SOLD

pastel 28 x 36


pastel 18 x 22

Early Thaw SOLD

pastel 18 x 33

Previous Work

Willow River Spring 

pastel 20 x 16


pastel 36 x 28


pastel 9.5 x 11.5

Late Summer, Indian Lake

pastel 13 x 16


After the Storm

pastel on paper 38x30

Autumn Fire

pastel 16 x 20


pastel on paper 28 X 36


pastel 12 x 20

Standing Firm 

pastel 12 x 20

Continuum II 

pastel on archival paper 12 x 20


pastel 16 x 20

Northwoods Hay 

pastel 20 x 35


pastel 18 x 22

Approaching Storm, Yellow Stripe, Daybreak, and Glow

pastel on archival paper 10 x 10 ea.

6858 Paoli Road • Paoli, Wisconsin 53508 • 608-845-6600 • Located just southwest of Madison