The Romance: Kathe Fraga

Like a trip down memory lane, with a look into Kathe Fraga’s nature-narrative paintings,  we are immediately captivated by the story Fraga has built. Fraga layers love birds, botanicals, patterns, and secretive hidden motifs. She says, “We live in a 110-year-old Bainbridge Island home built with barnacled beach rock and weathered grey shingles. The old fir floorboards of our home, milled from the surrounding trees, remind me on a daily basis of the love and gentle patina of time—the sound and scent of the forests that surround us.” The word “romance” encapsulates her paintings. Perhaps it is all too perfect that the opening reception will be held on Valentine’s Day!

Artist Statement

My nature narrative paintings are inspired by the romance of vintage Chinoiserie, layered with pattern, botanicals, color and hidden motifs. We live in a 110-year-old Bainbridge Island home built with barnacled beach rock and weathered grey shingles. The old fir floorboards of our home, milled from the surrounding trees, remind me on a daily basis of the love and gentle patina of time—the sound and scent of the forest. With their decay and rebirth, they send their message to my art as I explore how the fresh beauty of the “new” evolves, over time, into something far more interesting and dramatic. Worn surfaces and distressed textures combine to create a sense of something soft and lovely and familiar; but yet, I feel the need to add a bold swath of color to add the modern and unexpected. It’s a resting place for the eye, a welcome peaceful voice as something reinvented emerges: gentle old meets dynamic new.

Afternoon Sunlight on a Pink Bedroom Wall, 2018

Kathe Fraga

Afternoon Sunlight on a Pink Bedroom Wall, 2018

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

36 x 24 in (91.44 x 60.96 cm)

Unforgettable You, 2016-2018

Kathe Fraga

Unforgettable You, 2016-2018

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

36 x 24 in (91.44 x 60.96 cm)

Garden Perfume I & II, 2019

Kathe Fraga

Garden Perfume I & II, 2019

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed canvas

12 x 24 in (30.48 x 60.96 cm)

Walking to You , 2018

Kathe Fraga

Walking to You , 2018

acrylic on frescoed panel

36 x 48 in (91.44 x 121.92 cm)

Holding You Close , 2016-2018

Kathe Fraga

Holding You Close , 2016-2018

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

36 x 24 in (91.44 x 60.96 cm)

Floating on a Dream, 2019

Kathe Fraga

Floating on a Dream, 2019

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

36 x 48 in (91.44 x 121.92 cm)

Summer's Pink Perfume , 2018

Kathe Fraga

Summer's Pink Perfume , 2018

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

36 x 24 in (91.44 x 60.96 cm)

Be Mine I, 2018

Kathe Fraga

Be Mine I, 2018

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

36 x 24 in (91.44 x 60.96 cm)

Garden Memories, 2019

Kathe Fraga

Garden Memories, 2019

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

36 x 48 in (91.44 x 121.92 cm)

Springtime in Paris, 2016

Kathe Fraga

Springtime in Paris, 2016

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

36 x 48 in (91.44 x 121.92 cm)

Paris Pink , 2019

Kathe Fraga

Paris Pink , 2019

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed canvas

12 x 12 in (30.48 x 30.48 cm)

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The Romance: Kathe Fraga
Like a trip down memory lane, with a look into Kathe Fraga’s nature-narrative paintings, we are immediately captivated by the story Fraga has built. Fraga layers love birds, botanicals, patterns, and secretive hidden motifs. She says, “We live in a 110-year-old Bainbridge Island home built with barnacled beach rock and weathered grey shingles. The old fir floorboards of our home, milled from the surrounding trees, remind me on a daily basis of the love and gentle patina of time—the sound and scent of the forests that surround us.” The word “romance” encapsulates her paintings. Perhaps it is all too perfect that the opening reception will be held on Valentine’s Day! Artist Statement My nature narrative paintings are inspired by the romance of vintage Chinoiserie, layered with pattern, botanicals, color and hidden motifs. We live in a 110-year-old Bainbridge Island home built with barnacled beach rock and weathered grey shingles. The old fir floorboards of our home, milled from the surrounding trees, remind me on a daily basis of the love and gentle patina of time—the sound and scent of the forest. With their decay and rebirth, they send their message to my art as I explore how the fresh beauty of the “new” evolves, over time, into something far more interesting and dramatic. Worn surfaces and distressed textures combine to create a sense of something soft and lovely and familiar; but yet, I feel the need to add a bold swath of color to add the modern and unexpected. It’s a resting place for the eye, a welcome peaceful voice as something reinvented emerges: gentle old meets dynamic new.
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530 Burns Gallery
Sarasota
FL
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