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.

Romance by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

Romance, 2020

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

48 x 36 in (121.92 x 91.44 cm)

Meant to Be  by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

Meant to Be , 2020

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

36 x 24 in (91.44 x 60.96 cm)

Lovebirds by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

Lovebirds, 2020

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

24 x 36 in (60.96 x 91.44 cm)

Sweet Dreams I by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

Sweet Dreams I, 2020

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

12 x 12 in (30.48 x 30.48 cm)

Heartfelt II by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

Heartfelt II, 2018

acrylic on frescoed panel

40 x 16 in (101.60 x 40.64 cm)

The Scent of Wildflowers, A-Soft Summer Breeze by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

The Scent of Wildflowers, A-Soft Summer Breeze, 2019

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

48 x 36 in (121.92 x 91.44 cm)

Beautiful Dream II by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

Beautiful Dream II, 2019

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

40 x 16 in (101.60 x 40.64 cm)

Floating on a Dream by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

Floating on a Dream, 2019

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

36 x 48 in (91.44 x 121.92 cm)

Pagoda Pink I by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

Pagoda Pink I, 2020

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

12 x 12 in (30.48 x 30.48 cm)

Love Tapestry by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

Love Tapestry, 2020

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

48 x 36 in (121.92 x 91.44 cm)

The Garden in the Morning's Light by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

The Garden in the Morning's Light, 2020

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

36 x 24 in (91.44 x 60.96 cm)

Love Story I by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

Love Story I, 2020

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

40 x 16 in (101.60 x 40.64 cm)

Sweet Dreams II by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

Sweet Dreams II, 2020

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

12 x 12 in (30.48 x 30.48 cm)

Walking to You  by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

Walking to You , 2018

acrylic on frescoed panel

36 x 48 in (91.44 x 121.92 cm)

Unforgettable You by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

Unforgettable You, 2016-2018

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

36 x 24 in (91.44 x 60.96 cm)

Beautiful Dream I by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

Beautiful Dream I, 2019

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

40 x 16 in (101.60 x 40.64 cm)

Midnight Silk Kimono by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

Midnight Silk Kimono, 2020

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

36 x 24 in (91.44 x 60.96 cm)

Pagoda Pink II by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

Pagoda Pink II, 2020

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

12 x 12 in (30.48 x 30.48 cm)

When I Found You by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

When I Found You, 2020

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

36 x 48 in (91.44 x 121.92 cm)

The Garden in the Evening's Glow by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

The Garden in the Evening's Glow, 2020

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

36 x 24 in (91.44 x 60.96 cm)

Love Story II by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

Love Story II, 2020

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

40 x 16 in (101.60 x 40.64 cm)

Afternoon Sunlight on a Pink Bedroom Wall by Kathe Fraga

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)

Summer's Pink Perfume  by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

Summer's Pink Perfume , 2018

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

36 x 24 in (91.44 x 60.96 cm)

Holding You Close  by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

Holding You Close , 2016-2018

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

36 x 24 in (91.44 x 60.96 cm)

Garden Perfume I & II by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

Garden Perfume I & II, 2019

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed canvas

12 x 24 in (30.48 x 60.96 cm)

The Old Pink Rose, Watered with Sea Spray and Drenched in Summer Sun by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

The Old Pink Rose, Watered with Sea Spray and Drenched in Summer Sun, 2020

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

36 x 24 in (91.44 x 60.96 cm)

Garden Memories by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

Garden Memories, 2019

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

36 x 48 in (91.44 x 121.92 cm)

The Perfume of Lilacs Under a Pale Pink Moon by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

The Perfume of Lilacs Under a Pale Pink Moon, 2020

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

36 x 24 in (91.44 x 60.96 cm)

What a Wonderful World  by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

What a Wonderful World , 2020

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

40 x 16 in (101.60 x 40.64 cm)

Heartfelt I  by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

Heartfelt I , 2018

acrylic on frescoed panel

40 x 16 in (101.60 x 40.64 cm)

Springtime in Paris by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

Springtime in Paris, 2016

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

36 x 48 in (91.44 x 121.92 cm)

Be Mine I by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

Be Mine I, 2018

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

36 x 24 in (91.44 x 60.96 cm)

Two Hearts by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

Two Hearts, 2019

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

40 x 16 in (101.60 x 40.64 cm)

Peaceful Yoshino by Kathe Fraga

Kathe Fraga

Peaceful Yoshino, 2020

acrylic and mixed media on frescoed panel

24 x 36 in (60.96 x 91.44 cm)