Kaylee Dalton lives in Elkhart, Indiana and graduated with a degree in fine art and painting from Ball State University. She went on to study with the late Walter Darby Bannard under a full-scholarship for a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. Her work has been exhibited throughout the country including, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis and Miami. Kaylee was chosen from hundreds as one of the 2017 and 2018 Hoosier Women Artists honored by the Indiana Statehouse. Her work is in the nationally and internationally recognized art publications, Studio Visit Magazine, CreativPaper and the cover of Create! Magazine issue 8. Kaylee Dalton’s award-winning work is in private and public collections, including the Anderson Museum of Art and the Museum of Encaustic Art in Santa Fe, NM.
My process involves many hours making numerous watermedia paintings and encaustic monotypes. Encaustic paint (hot wax) is directly applied onto an anodized aluminum plate heated on an electric griddle. A print is then pulled from it. Each monotype provides a sense of movement. Simultaneously, layers of watered down acrylic, gouache, ink and watercolors are poured on papers (and the occasional plastic sheeting) generating depth but also unplanned natural pattern. Pieces of the monotypes and papers are collaged with ink drawings creating layered abstractions. I strive for strong textural contrasts reflective of the various surfaces found in nature.
My works are a representation of growth or lack there of. Interpreting the fascinating consistency of botanical growth & diminishment, the expressive characteristics natural forms exude and their relatable qualities. Comparable to people, plants are intriguing and complicated. They’re always shifting; either becoming weaker or stronger. I draw inspiration from that delicate continuous state of flux.