Gegan sees her paintings as visual impressions of lyrical abstract form. She allows her eyes and hands to work intuitively together allowing my paintings to develop in a naturally free form. Using brushes, palate knives, and squeegees, Gegan creates thin washes of color contrasted by bold strokes of paint; then frequently finishes the compositions with drawings in charcoal and oil bar.
“As a child growing up in Kansas City, I spent long summer days with my mother in her flower garden. At this young age, I was inspired by the beauty of the natural world. In this sacred space, I cultivated my awareness of color and form which has carried influence throughout my career as a painter.”
Gegen studied painting at the Kansas City Art Institute, inspired by artists such as Claude Monet, Joan Mitchell, Cy Twombly, and Gerhard Richter. She also studied in the studio of painter Philomene Bennet, where she was introduced to an understanding of abstraction and structure. Gegen’s work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the United States in Chicago, Kansas, Missouri, and Iowa. Her work can be found in many private and public collections such as the Stower’s Research Institute, University of Northern Iowa, Remax Realty, Intercontinental Hotel, and Mercy Medical Center. She is an active member of the American Pastel Society and the Kansas City Artist Coalition. Her work can be found at Moberg Fine Art Gallery in Des Moines, Iowa and Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, Kansas.