Francis, Kathy

Community: Port Townsend
Phone: 360-344-4108
Email: kathyfran@msn.com
Media: painting

Past exhibits and events with Northwind

2017 Showcase artist (click to see all 2017 artists) | 2016 Showcase artist

Artist Statement

My painting goal is to capture the light and colors peculiar to a specific place. This is why I take my paints and easel outdoors. It’s called plein air painting. While painting outdoors offers a wide range of possibilities for artistic expression, there are large challenges to finding the best place: is the scene interesting enough? Is there enough light or dark? Does it have enough contrast? How will the light change in the hours I will be here? Also, there are the physical challenges: is it raining, or too windy or cold? Can I lug my equipment the quarter mile to the site that excites me? Will the small ledge I’m standing on support my weight and equipment? Will these bugs flying around drive me crazy? Do I have enough water and bug repellent?

Usually my paintings are completed from bare canvas to completion on site. Sometimes I have to return to the site several times to complete a painting. The only studio work done is to remove imbedded bugs and dirt and to add my signature and a final coat of varnish.

Biography

Someone once said, “If you can paint light, you can paint everything under the sun.” So this is my challenge – painting the light. Because my goal is to capture the light and colors peculiar to the place, I take my paints and easel outdoors. Painting on location allows me to witness firsthand the effects of light, (and weather and season) on the landscape. My small paintings are usually completed from bare canvas to completion on site. These smaller paintings are taken to my studio to remove imbedded bugs and dirt, to add my signature and a final coat of varnish. In my studio, from a few small paintings, I make larger works.

Since retirement in 1997, I have taken formal art training at Seattle Central Community College, Pratt Institute and the Gage Academy. However my most profound learning has been with artist/mentors. I have painted under the tutelage of Diane Ainsworth of Port Townsend, Bill Elston of Seattle, and Michael Drury, John Iwerks and Whitney Abbott of Santa Barbara, CA.

In 2002 I had my first solo show in Seattle. Since then, I have shown consistently in various venues in Port Townsend, including several juried shows and one invitational show at Northwind Gallery.

Today, I enjoy the company of many plein aire artists who get together at various sites around Port Townsend, Washington. From early spring to late fall, I am outdoors painting at least twice a week, whatever the weather. In the Northwest, this can be quite an emotional and physical challenge and this is why we call ourselves, “The Weather or Not” group!

Comments are closed.