Four Fauves in California

Two of the New Fauves, Kathleen Elsey and Ken Christensen, recently exhibited with two other fauve painters, Paul Brown and Sarah Carr, in an exhibit in Santa Barbara at the Corridan Gallery. The gallery exploded in color from the bright collection of works. Elsey and Christensen were in fine fettle and Paul Brown's large pieces bordered on abstraction. The pastels of Carr were more traditional and yet rich in color. The exhibit was well received by the local art aficionados in Santa Barbara. Christensen continues to exhibit as a permanent part of the Corridan Gallery.

Double Winner for Kathleen Elsey

Kathleen Elsey's painting, "Rio Grande Morning with Pinons" has won Award of Excellence in the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico annual juried exhibition in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The same painting also won "People's Choice" award!

This painting was made plein air south of Taos, New Mexico and past Pilar, into the national park, high above the Rio. "I hiked in about a mile and a half from the dirt road where I left my car. It was a beautiful morning. Not too hot. I managed to map out the painting pretty fast, then painted with no interruptions rather fast because I knew that the wind was going to pick up about noon." Details about this painting and more at