Kay WalkingStick is an American artist who was raised with her mother's Scottish-Irish family in Syracuse, New York. As she matured she explored the history of her father's Cherokee heritage and her "Indianness". The diptychs, for which she has become successful nationally and internationally, represent the duality in life and of her family background. The diptychs are generally created with one side that is representational and the other abstract. She has created a style that blends the training she has received in her undergraduate, graduate and post-graduated studies and with approaches and techniques of indigenous artists.Her works are in the collections of many universities and museums, like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Israel Museum and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. She is an author and was a professor in the art department at Cornell University. She has been accepted into many artist residency programs which have helped her evolve artistically. WalkingStick is the winner of many awards and in 1995 was included in H. W. Janson's History of Art, a standard textbook used by university art departments.