Karen ‘Kay’ Fontenot is a Lake Charles, Louisiana native who attended McNeese and moved to Houston in 1991. She worked with Johnson & Wurzer P.C. for eight years until she transferred to Cabot Oil and Gas. There, she received numerous promotions that led to a career as a Geoscience Technician. She found her passion in 2010, when she began oil painting under the tutelage of Houston artist Candy Tangney. She says that working with her classmates and Tangney helped her cultivate her own style which focuses on proportions and a very liberal use of color.
Some of my work
Here are some of my most recent pieces. Art that is for sale can be found on my Etsy store.
‘Family Reunion’ is most recently completed. It is a stunning piece depicting a family gathering in a serene and desirable location. Logging more than 150 hours to complete, this heavy oil on canvas is my favorite work to date!
This piece was inspired when I read in Isaiah 61 that I have not only a garment of salvation but also a ‘robe of righteousness’! A royal robe seemed most fitting.
This stunning work is completed in early May 2021 at the request of a mother as a rendering of flowers she received from her son for Valentine’s Day. Her desire for a white background presented opportunity for special effort and effect to showcase white against white. The result is quite lovely! I call this piece ‘Flowers for Valentine’s’.
This ‘Great Hall’ was inspired by a photograph I saw but, upon seeing it, my nephew exclaimed that it looks like the girl with the royal robe’s house! I have to agree. It makes a nice accompanying piece. She has a lovely house and yard!
‘Lily Red’ is a striking oil on canvas with multiple layers of rich red, coral and green hues! It is a piece that took a while to complete and was fun to do. It is an eye catcher for sure and is one of my favorites!
‘Jade in Winter’ is a delightful portrait of Jade, a high fan of winter, who is excited for the first opportunity of the season to wear her favorite yellow sweater and matching hat!
“Tree Planted By the River” is a dramatic oil with gold leaf on wrap canvas. A strong tree with deep roots, this piece is a reference to the Blessed man in Psalm 1.
“Mardi Gras” premiered early in 2020 as a fun nod to the festive south Louisiana season of parades and pageantry! Each piece features a girl enjoying the festivities. Here is “Brittany”, our glamour girl!
‘Sunset’ is one piece in a category of a ‘value series’ of original works painted on 140 lb cold pressed cotton canvas sheets that require backing before framing. In this piece, I’ve included the mat. SOLD!
“Celia”follows “Albertine” and “Brittany” in the Mardi Gras lineup. Celia is artistic and care free!
‘Young Gymnast’ is another in the value series. Striking and cute as a button, this piece is framed within 6×9 inches of the 9×12 inch cotton canvas; providing built-in mat making for easier framing options.