Kayla mackey


A Brief Biography

Kayla Mackey was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2022 she received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with an emphasis in painting and drawing, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.

Kayla works mainly in oil and acrylic paints, as well as charcoal and other drawing mediums. She is an emerging artist who is closely involved with her community, and has been included in many local exhibitions, including the Picturing 2020: A Community Reflects online exhibition at the University of Arizona Museum of Art.

Statement of Art

The reason I paint is to express my inner dialogue; I paint about emotions and experiences I encounter.

My artworks are made mostly of acrylic and oil paints on canvas, as well as charcoal and other drawing mediums. My color palette, style, and content resonate with feelings and sensations I am going through at the time the piece is being created. I often incorporate imaginary aspects with realistic forms to create a sense of warped reality.

When I make art I express and investigate human emotions and realities. I combine themes of nature and the physical experience to record my story of the shared human condition. I paint what is personal and universal. Frequently, I explore topics of growth and spirituality, the feminine experience, self-power and reflection, and duality. Introspection initiated by emotions has been an integral part of my artistic process.