Kathleen Elsey | Paintings | Workshops


My new studio is in Sycamore Canyon in Montecito.
I hope to see you during the
Santa Barbara Studio Artists‘ Labor Day tour Saturday and Sunday, September 5th and 6th.

Kathleen Elsey Studio

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

Beach Santa Barbara

“Lyon Street Steps, Afternoon,” is featured in the solo exhibition in San Francisco. Also included in the exhibition are 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.





Kathleen Elsey paintings South western paintings painting workshops
"Rio Grand Morning" New Mexico


August 12, 13, 14 and 15, 2015
Plein Air Painting Workshop

Join me in sunny Santa Barbara for a four-day plein air painting workshop. Paint the ocean, cliffs, beach, Mission and mountains. Details on the workshop page.

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

Hendrys Beach Low Tide

Hendrys Beach Santa Barbara

 “Kathleen Elsey’s paintings exert a bold, almost post-Fauvist-meets-punk touch. “Sunlit Room,” flirts with burly Van Gogh effects, with a vivified palette and brusque brushwork. It’s the mightiest and most memorable painting in the room.” Josef Woodard, Santa Barbara News

Kitchen Cake

Kathleen Elsey paintings New Mexico paintings, Southwest paintings

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

Two Kathleen Elsey New Mexico paintings were accepted for the Millicent Rogers Museum exhibition of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico in 2013. And one was honored with award of excellence!

Kathleen Elsey Painting Workshop Sunny Beach Stinson“Sunny Beach, with Yellow Umbrella”

Kathleen Elsey Paintings Southwest Paintings

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