KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
August 26, 2021
By Natalie Cook Clark
Passion and authenticity flows through the work of Katy artist Tyler Kay. Once a Cinco Ranch student and resident at LaCenterra, she will soon bring her brilliant, floral mural work to the popular shopping and entertainment hub.
Tyler Kay in front of her mural at Flavor the Kind in the Heights. Photo courtesy: Tyler Kay
Art Mural Coming to LaCenterra
Katy artist and paintress, Tyler Kay will debut a new mural next month at LaCenterra. She’s partial to the nostalgia of the space and how it holds memories of back to school shopping and Frappuccino at Starbucks.
“I love to see what the space has evolved into today,” says Tyler Kay. “I’m so excited to be painting a mural for LaCenterra next month.” As all her work, she promises it will come from her heart.
Inspiration Through Tragedy
A four-year conversation is finally turning into a dream project for the Katy artist. The 2011 Cinco Ranch graduate is a professional paintress, who is known nationally for her bright and uplifting murals inspired by the tragic death of her high school boyfriend.
“I wouldn’t even be an artist if it wasn’t for Chris,” says artist Tyler Kay. “By being my authentic self, I honor him in everything.”
28-year-old Kay had always loved art but planned to study economics in college. The tragic death of her high school boyfriend, Chris Saiz caused her to pause and rethink her plan.
Saiz was a passenger in a tragic car accident on December 20, 2011. He was a talented basketball player for Cinco Ranch High School.
“He intersected my life to help me find my bigger purpose,” says Kay. “He had so much potential and then he was gone.”
Kay believes in “Mortality Motivation” and puts herself out there to uplift, motivate, and live her best life. She obtained a Bachelors of Art and a Masters in Arts Leadership from The University of Houston. She focuses on community art and community engagement.
Persistence, Patience Pays Off
Kay makes her own luck by seeking out projects. She has wanted to paint at LaCenterra for a long time as the location is so personal to her having attended Cinco Ranch High School. She also lived in the apartments at LaCenterra when it was just a library and fields.
“If I see a blank wall, I’ll park my car and go meet the owners,” says Kay. “If they say no, I’ve made a friend.”
She first reached out 4 years ago, and they didn’t have it in the budget. Kay created a Fourth of July banner that Katy families took pictures in front of a few years back. The small project kept her in the door as she still wanted to be commissioned for a large-scale mural.