Kathleen Elsey | Paintings | Workshops


Let There Be Color
Summer Exhibition May 30 - July 8, 2017
Distinctive Art Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara Beach Paintings

"At the Beach, Summer's End"

“Elsey’s paintings are marked by rich colors and dramatic brush strokes that recall Fauvist traditions.”Daedalus Howell, San Francisco Chronicle

Santa Barbara Botanical Garden Alice Keck Park
"Alice's Garden" 20" x 24"
Lavender Matanzas Creek Winery
"Sea of Lavender" 30" x 40"

“As for the rougher stuff, aesthetically speaking, Kathleen Elsey’s painting exerts a bold, almost post-Fauvist-meets-funk touch in her work.Sunlit Room,” for one, flirts with burly Van Gogh effects, with a vivified palette and brusque brushwork. It’s the mightiest and most memorable piece in the room, says this unavoidably subjective observer.” Josef Woodard, Santa Barbara News Press review

fauvist paintings made in america

Learn about my passion for painting with my videos.Kathleen Elsey Grand Canyon

I am always learning and I enjoy sharing my thoughts, tools and techniques with you whether it be in reference to paintings or art. Select any of the small images below to watch a video of each painting.
Lyon Street Steps San Francisco
 Steps of Telegraph Hill San FranciscoStinson Beach Fog Rolling In

“Lyon Street Steps, Afternoon,” was featured in the 2015 solo exhibition in San Francisco. Also included in the exhibition were my landscape paintings vibrant with color, beach paintings dancing with movement and still life paintings full of memories. You can see the video of how I made this painting by selecting the image of the painting abovet.

Learn about my painting process through this interview by Daniel Kepl of “Bravo California!“ Watch here.




Summer is here and in Santa Barbara, we celebrate it with the summer solstice parade.

Solstice Parade Santa Barbara

"Best of Signature Painters"
at Santa Fe’s Sorrel Sky Gallery exhibition! more
November 6, 2016   
"Rio Pueblo Morning"  22" x 18"  SOLD
Sorrel Sky Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico

“Color is magical and fascinates me. White is distracting and terrifies me. Black is even worse. I paint to share a vision, to make something meaningful for myself."
Taos Mountain Meadow

Kathleen Elsey paintings New Mexico paintings, Southwest paintingsMillicent Rogers Museum, Taos, New Mexico,
“Award of Excellence”

Two of my New Mexico paintings juried in to the Millicent Rogers Museum exhibition, Plein Air Painters of New Mexico 2014 and one honored with Award of Excellence!

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