At the age of 2 Kayleen Nagurny—a soon-to-be senior at Seton School in Manassas—was already drawing during all hours of the day with her mom.
Now, she is turning 17 and has been drawing and painting ever since. Her art was recently featured Friday evening at the Spring Hill Suites’ Art Night in Ashburn.
It was the hotel’s second Art Night, according to Hannah Adler, hotel general manager. It was also Nagurny’s second appearance at the event. “They had me back in November,” she specified.
Along with doing meet and greets, she was also able to work on a picture so onlookers could catch a glimpse of her artistic abilities in action.
For three hours, spectators and fans could stop by, meet Kayleen, watch her draw, and ask her any questions about herself or her artwork.
“I do a lot of portraiture,” Nagurny mentioned, “I love to capture personality.”
Many of her pictures focus on facial features—especially eyes. “[Eyes] are my favorite part to draw because they show everything about the person.”
In addition to her portraits, she also paints landscapes and animals. As far as mediums, she enjoys using anything from pastels to pencils for sketching. One type of drawing does stick out more than the rest, however. “I probably have the most of sketches in my portfolio.”
Her influences range from a young artist named Akiane to Norman Rockwell. “I’ve always liked his [Rockwell’s] paintings,” she said.
Aside from her portraits and paintings, Nagurny also dances at the Northern Virginia Dance Academy, plays the piano and sings. A well-rounded individual, her inspiration comes from more than just other artists and her own personal ideas. “I recognize that talent is from God,” she said. “That’s a big motivation for me.”
As for Nagurny’s future, she said she isn’t sure about it just yet. Although she is set on expressing her creativity in the form of artwork for the rest of her life, she doesn’t rightly know if it will be able to provide for her in the coming years.
“I’ll probably minor in art,” Nagurny said regarding her imminent college days. “I’ll definitely keep painting forever.”
For fans who couldn’t make it Friday night, she has a website that is still being assembled—kayleen.nagurny.com—which features her artwork and more background information.