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Welcome to Kelly Frappier Larson Art

Welcome to my art studio located just outside of Denver, Colorado.  Here I create vibrant landscapes that evoke warm, awe-inspiring, and peaceful scenes of untouched nature.

Keep up with me, Kelly, to see my latest collection of oil paintings come to life, be the first to know about my upcoming exhibitions, and check out my original oil paintings in my shop today!

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I'm so happy you're here!

“I paint with the intention of capturing the memory of a place with a dream-like lens over it.”

-Kelly Frappier Larson

How my style has developed

Creating art has been a journey that builds over time. I've collected memories and experiences while developing process and techniques, then curated them to develop my unique style.

 

My creative process is steeped in the exploration of life, natural beauty, and the power of self-reflection. For each canvas, I pull from my own memories and photos I’ve taken of camp fires, road trips, sunsets, and other journeys into nature. My finished works are just the beginning of a story, and I encourage the viewer to add their own memories and interpretations to the image, allowing them to explore and complete the tale. With every painting I strive to capture the power of experiences, memories, and emotions in a way that can be shared with everyone.

 

The way I layer my paint, expose underlayers, and flowing composition design add up to show the way that I view nature. I have spent years playing with the techniques and multimedia accents used in my original paintings. Through use of blended brush strokes alongside brushwork as a texture creates a rich appearance and motion to my scenes. My work frequently has layers of graphite and colored wax pencils layered into wet paint to create additional texture and detail.

Oils are an intimidating medium for many artists, my younger self included. I started my career with watercolors, gouache, and acrylic but was never satisfied with the color richness. I still remember the first time I used oil paints, it was the first Friday in August I was walking around the open gallery shows in Denver's Santa Fe Art District. A gallery had acquired a trove of professional quality oil paints from an artist they represented. The paints were still sealed in their boxes, and I couldn't help myself but to pick up a handful of tubes to experiment with on the weekend. I spent the entire weekend at my easel and never looked back.

 

Oil paints are buttery and create the most lavish and dreamlike colors possible. I select colors for each piece to inspire the imagination and capture a dreamlike effect and try to take each color to the border of unrealistic for nature. Paints are mixed to capture the fleeting and momentary light from the sun moving across the sky.

 

Through my artwork, I hope to inspire a connection with nature and evoke a sense of nostalgia and wanderlust. I want to bring the beauty of the natural world to your walls, so you can continue to explore the outdoors even if you can’t be outside.

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What I'm Working on

My latest oil paintings take an autobiographical approach that follows my travels from my east coast roots to my move across the Western US.  From the Atlantic coastlines to the Rockies and the heartlands in between, designing this collection captured my imagination with the distinct shapes, colors, and landscapes of the American continent. 

 

While landscapes are typically thought of as traditional, the color palette and dreamlike perspective brings a sense of playful wonder to this collection in the works!

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Why collect art?

Do you love owning beautiful things and want to surround yourself with memories of the natural world? Well, that’s a good enough excuse- but there are so many more reasons to start an art collection.

Falling in love with artwork can be as simple as seeing it as a reminder of places you’ve been or would love to go, a style or color palette you’re taken with, or just  coordinating decor for your home.  To some, collecting artwork is a game, a pursuit of determining which artists, art movements, color pallets, and subjects you want to be surrounded by at home. 
 

Commissioning art is a great way to personalize your collection and acquire artworks that complement your living space, home decor, and style. To start the process of capturing your memories in my signature style check out the free guide in my shop!

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There's something magical about an original painting. The texture of the paint and captured brushstroke give the canvas life, creating a feeling of movement. Oil paints have a semi-translucent quality that gives the painting a beautiful and unique glow.  Check out my gallery shop for available originals today!

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Invite memories of the outdoors into your home.

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