“The River of No Return” oil on canvas, 31.5 inches x 41.5 inches.

Artist Kathleen Frank, a contemporary landscape painter, seeks out magnificent vistas to depict in her paintings. She has hiked hundreds of miles to paint the land of the Southwest and West. She is willing to go to any length to reach the precise vantage point she is seeking.

It may take some serious, long-distance hiking, up, down, and over rocky outcroppings, a plunge down an arroyo or a sprawl in sage bushes to capture exactly what she wants, but she is never timid about climbing, trudging, and scrambling to reach the bird’s-eye view of the colorful and uniquely rugged landscapes.

Having been an art teacher, woodcarver and a printmaker in her formative years, Frank emerged as a painter, joyously overwhelmed by color and searching for patterns. She seeks glimmers of logic in vastly complicated, confusing, and tumbled landscapes.

If you go

What: Kathleen Frank: Painting New Mexico exhibition

When: Public Reception: 4-6 p.m., Thursday, March 23. The show will run through March 31

Where: Fine Arts Gallery, The University of New Mexico-Valencia, 280 La Entrada Road, Tomé

Website: valencia.unm.edu/academics/divisions/humanities/art-galleries.html

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