Santa Fe artist, Kathleen Frank, paints the landscape of the Southwest and West in vibrant hues, capturing light, pattern and a glint of logic in complex terrains. Exhibitions include, among others, High Desert Museum (Curator’s Choice Award), Museum of Western Art, Roux & Cyr, Jane Hamilton Fine Art and La Posada de Santa Fe. Publications include LandEscape Art Review, MVIBE, Art Reveal, Magazine 43 and Southwest Art. Art in Embassies/U.S. State Department selected her work for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
From the Artist... Having been an art teacher, woodcarver and a printmaker in my formative years, I emerged as a painter, joyously overwhelmed by color and searching for pattern. Color and pattern are everywhere, but the seeing and interpretation of them are different for each of us. Pattern in nature is primal to me – which fuels my desire to find a glimmer of logic in vastly complicated, confusing and tumbled landscapes. I do also seek out the vibrant hues in landscapes.
My oil paintings begin with a saturated red orange backdrop. This is overlaid with the main imagery, applied with distinct brushstrokes of brilliant color. Hints of the red background peek through like a woodcut, creating subtle impact without drawing attention away from the primary subjects.