Kathleen Elsey | Paintings | Workshops


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Kathleen Elsey

“Kathleen Elsey's paintings are marked by rich colors and dramatic brush strokes that recall
both Impressionist and Fauvist traditions.”

Daedalus Howell, San Francisco Chronicle
lavender four fauves
Lovers in Lavender 24" x 30" by Kathleen Elsey

“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

Lavender Matanzas Creek Winery

Learn about my passion for painting with these Kathleen Elsey 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 on the right.

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





Mission Santa Barbara 1786 
Mission Santa Barbara 1786

“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."

Santa Barbara Painting Workshop Beach Painting

“Rio Grande Morning with Pinons“ wins two awards in Santa Fe, New Mexico
October 3, 2015

"Rio Grand Morning with Pinons" won "People's Choice" award and "Best Use of Medium" in the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico annual juried exhibition at the Santa Fe Art Collectors' Gallery.

Award winning Kathleen Elsey

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

Kathleen Elsey paintings New Mexico paintings, Southwest paintings

Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, New Mexico,
“Award of Excellence”

Two of my New Mexico paintings were accepted for the Millicent Rogers Museum exhibition of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico in 2014. And one was honored with award of excellence!

Hendrys Beach Low Tide

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