Golden Hour II $900 pastel 17 x 28 (9.5 x 20)

Golden Hour II $900

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 $550 pastel 8 x 10

Rolling Hills $550

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 $1,850

pastel 28 x 36

Glow II $750

pastel 18 x 22

Early Thaw $1,300

pastel 18 x 33

Previous Work

Willow River Spring SOLD

pastel 20 x 16

Afterglow SOLD

pastel 36 x 28

October SOLD

pastel 9.5 x 11.5

Late Summer, Indian Lake SOLD

pastel 13 x 16


After the Storm SOLD

pastel on paper 38x30

Autumn Fire SOLD

pastel 16 x 20

Steadfast $1,850

pastel on paper 28 X 36

Interlude SOLD

pastel 12 x 20

Full Circle Evening

pastel on paper 26x15

Standing Firm SOLD

pastel 12 x 20

Continuum II SOLD

pastel on archival paper 12 x 20

Flare SOLD

pastel 16 x 20

Northwoods Hay SOLD

pastel 20 x 35

Celebration SOLD

pastel 18 x 22

Approaching Storm, Yellow Stripe, Daybreak, and Glow $325 ea.

pastel on archival paper 10 x 10 ea.

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