Kiki Gaffney graduated from Loyola College in Baltimore, MD with a BA in Studio Arts and received an MFA in Painting from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA. Gaffney is primarily a painter and works in oils and acrylic, often with incorporated and detailed graphite drawing. She is continually inspired by the visual patterns she notices in her everyday surroundings, whether organically formed in nature (ie, grooves in rock or veins of a leaf) or manufactured by human activity (ie, wallpaper or chain link fence). Her work juxtaposes animate shapes with design elements to explore the direct relationship between natural and created 'atmospheres,' the analytical and sequential accuracy, and order in the mark making. It is an active meditative process, with the ultimate purpose of highlighting the beauty of configuration and decoration to create space for contemplation.