Infused with vibrant colors, the paintings of Santa
Barbara Fauvist, Kathleen Elsey, explore interior spaces,
figures, still lifes, beaches and landscapes. Working both
plein air and in her studio, she paints with a vivified
palette and brusque brushwork recalling both Fauvist and
Impressionist traditions. Her solo exhibition at Divine
Inspiration Gallery will feature over fifty of her oil
and acrylic works on canvas including the premier exhibition
of her figurative works.
Kathleen Elsey lived in San Francisco and Sonoma, California
for over twenty years, as owner of Kathleen Elsey Design
Studio, then as a fine artist, traveling, painting and
teaching workshops. In 2003, she settled in Santa Barbara
with her husband, Victor.
She is a member of the New Fauves, a group of nine painters
from the US and France, committed to the aesthetics and
approach of the great French Fauve painters such as Matisse,
Marquet, Manguin and Vlaminck. She is a signature member
of both the National Association of Women Artists and the
American Impressionist Society. Her work is represented
by galleries in Carmel, Atlanta, and Hawi, Hawaii.