M. Katherine Hurley studied art and art history in Europe and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cincinnati's Mount St. Joseph University. She has also attended the Cincinnati Art Academy and workshops with internationally known artist Wolf Kahn. Kay paints landscapes in oil and pastel and seeks to capture the emotions of the human heart.

Kay is a resident and practicing artist in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her work has received numerous awards and is part of private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Europe.