A graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University with a B.A. in Anthropology, Kathleen Hurley Liao has absorbed and been inspired by the art of many cultures. Geometric shapes, bright colors, and symbolic references can be found in her art. In both figurative and abstract work, Ms. Liao expresses sensations of consciousness and dream fragments through the universal languages of color and movement. The harmonies, dissonances, and resolutions of music, particularly those found in jazz, influence her work. Guided by an automatism, she has created a repertoire of mixed media pieces in motion.