Kathleen Fruge Brown

Kathleen Frugé Brown is a painter, printmaker, and public artist with work in the
collections of the Tacoma Art Museum, the State of Washington, Microsoft,
Philadelphia, Seattle, Tacoma, and many other municipalities. Her commissioned public
art can be seen across the United States and in many Pacific Northwest cities and
schools. Among her awards are grants from Artist Trust, 4Culture, Pilchuck Glass
School, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Kathleen lives and works in Maple Valley,
Washington State.

Artist’s Statement: I am a painter, printmaker, and public artist with a long-standing commitment to imagery from the natural world. I live in the valley of the Cedar River, near where it emerges from the protected lands of its watershed. The plein air oil paintings I create there are the foundation of my practice; the imagery I paint outdoors finds its way into my printmaking during rainy seasons, and is the basis for my public art as well.
Each of my paintings is a response to a particular place in nature, and as far as possible
a particular moment—though each painting inevitably fixes the sum of many moments.
The dynamic complexity of the natural world becomes as much a part of the painting as
the trees, ferns, and river.

Change governs the tempo of my brushstrokes and gives my work its energy. All the things I want to express keep moving! —But the paintings gather in something of that change: the hum of insects; the motion of the breeze; the cycling of water; the rhythms of maturation and decay; the movements of shadow and light as the Earth turns. My roots have gone down deep into my landscape during the hours I’ve spent painting; my work invites you to enter the natural world and be at home there.