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 a subtle impact without drawing attention away from the primary subjects.
Several times a year I travel throughout the Southwest, hiking and photographing vistas for future paintings. The goal is to catch the light and design in these scenes in all their strangeness and beauty. It is a lofty goal, but I find when the quest is shepherded with paint and brush it is a delightfully daunting adventure.
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.