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Local artist makes Top 10 list in national Kirkland Home contest

“Music Abstract,” an acrylic on canvas, qualified Kathy Borst as a semi-finalist in “The Next Great American Artist” contest. COURTESY

“Music Abstract,” an acrylic on canvas, qualified Kathy Borst as a semi-finalist in “The Next Great American Artist” contest. COURTESY

PRESCOTT - When Prescott artist Kathy Borst started working on her painting "Music Abstract," little did she know it might qualify her as "The Next Great American Artist."

The Kirkland Home corporation recently selected her acrylic work as one of 10 semi-finalists in its loftily-loftily-titled contest.

Borst, 46, said she used an antique Chickering piano from the 1930s with worn ivory keys for her subject to "fill the canvas with intense color in a geometric design" to "reflect movement and a sense of fun."

"This is just kind of from my roots in music," Borst said, noting that she comes from a musical family and that her 75-year-old parents are still in the San Diego Concert Band.

Borst said she started painting and drawing when she was very young, citing her involvement at the age of 14 in a student program for artists at San Diego State as particularly inspiring.

Borst said she painted canvases and murals and created landscape designs in her spare time while working in real estate development in San Diego before retiring early to spend more time with her family.

"I got out of my business world and started doing more for myself and my kids, so it's been great," she

said.

"I wanted definitely to do an abstract regarding music. I've got two others that I'm working on to go with this one. I just wanted it for my own personal music area of the house," she said of the painting.

Borst said her objective is to get her name out and continue her studies in art.

"If I can bring enjoyment to others, then boy, that's my goal," she said.

Kirkland Home will award the winner $5,000 and put the work in their stores.

The remaining nine semi-finalists will win $500 gift certificates.

Visit www.kirkland.com to vote in the contest.