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kayla bates

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Medium: Emerging Iowa Artist

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Bio: Kayla Bates is a Des Moines, Iowa native and is currently a working artist and elementary teacher in the city. In 2018, she was an Emerging artist in the Des Moines Art festival. She received her BA in studio art and art education, along with a minor in photography from Grand View University in 2018. Kayla’s art work has been in several group art shows, art galleries and won several awards including honorable mentions and second place. Kayla’s art and photography has been published in Bifrost Literary Journal two times and in Sagebrush Review Vol.XII: Fracture.

Kayla’s work focuses on extremely detailed ink drawings of animals based on photography she has taken. Each drawing is on a colorful background that is created by using nail polish; a technique that she discovered and incorporated into her work in college. Each drawing is a unique mixed media piece using a variety of detailed techniques.

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