Artist Kathy Buist Interviewed in Hamptons Magazine

Updated: Nov 16, 2021

Local Artist Kathy Buist On Her Artistic Process And Upcoming Exhibit

By Elisabeth Brigham | June 26, 2021

Abstract oil painter and local Hamptonite Kathy Buist talks inspiration, the artistic process and her upcoming exhibit at Galerie d’Orsay.

Kathy Buist at work in her studio in East Hampton. Photo by Ben Flythe
Kathy Buist at work in her studio in East Hampton. Photo by Ben Flythe

Taking a note from nature, Kathy Buist has dedicated her life to capturing the beauty that surrounds us all. Mostly done in oil, her paintings embody Earth’s elements and transform small moments of light. Her art has won her praise from The New York Times and has been showcased in various museums and galleries around the country, including the Parrish Art Museum, the National Woman’s Museum, Andrews Museum and the Long Island Art Museum. Her newest exhibit will soon be on display at Galerie d’Orsay in Boston from June to July and will be showcased Labor Day weekend at the Hamptons Fine Art Fair.

Kathy Buist hunched over paintings in her studio in East Hampton. Photo by Ben Flythe
Photo by Ben Flythe

What inspired you to become an artist?

I’ve had this desire to paint from as early as I can remember. My mom was a ‘Sunday artist,’ a very talented woman—and she was essential in my becoming an artist. When I was 11 years old, she got me my first oil painting set in a wooden box. I still have it. She sat with me and took me through it, showing me how to mix colors. When I was very young, she just let me go crazy.

Kathy Buist holding painting while wearing a jumpsuit. Easels in background. Photo by Ben Flythe.
Photo by Ben Flythe

Where do you draw your inspiration from now?

Outside! I mean, here especially in East Hampton—it’s so rich. I’ve been painting out here in the Hamptons since the early ‘90s, and it’s always been such a source of inspiration. I look outside in the morning and walk around; I go to the beach. It’s so intensely beautiful. There’s a quote by Monet I once read that was so impactful to me: ‘Other painters paint a bridge, a house, a boat. I want to paint the air that surrounds the bridge, the house, the boat—the beauty of the light in which they exist.’