Paul Kratter

Holton Studio Frame-Makers has been representing East Bay painter Paul Kratter for many years now, gathering an enthusiastic following for his scenes of the state of California, from the Sierra mountains to the rolling hills and on to the seashore. Paul is a highly accomplished artist and instructor who has won numerous awards at Plein Air events across the country. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, after 22 years working as an illustrator and publishing several books, he now paints full time and teaches plein air workshops. He has also taught at the San Francisco Art Institute, and Pixar Animation Studios (where his wife Tia Kratter works in design, animation and as a teacher). Much loved by fellow painters as well as collectors, since 2005, Paul has led the Granite Group on an annual summer painting trip into the High Sierras. The humility and joy that Paul carries with him, along with his brushes, paints and panels, out into the mountains, hills, and to the seashore is directly reflected in the work he produces there. With an eye for color and form, his forthright use of paint and astonishing rendering skills allow him to capture the Northern California landscape with a direct and confident touch earned by long familiarity and devotion to the land and its light, and to making paintings. Paul has been featured in several shows at the Gallery, most recently in the spring 2017 exhibit, “Paul Kratter and Terry Miura: A Language of the Land.”

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Entangled Cypress

2017. Oil on panel, 9″ x 12.” Framed in Village Series compound No. 1.3 CV—2-1/2″ + No. 400 CV—3/4″ (3-1/8” total profile width) in quartersawn white oak (Medieval Oak stain), with gilt slip. $1,600.

Wake Up Call

2015. Oil on panel, 9″ x 12.” Framed in Custom carved mitered scoop—3” in quartersawn white oak (Dark Weathered Oak stain). $1,500.

Garrapata Trail

2017. Oil on board, 8″ x 10.” Framed in No. 403 CV—2-3/4” in quartersawn white oak (Weathered Oak stain), with pale gold slip. $1,400.

Up to Glacier Point

2017. Oil on panel, 16″ x 10″. Framed in No. 1100 CV — 2-1/2”—3” with carved chamfered sight edge and flush through-tenons, raised square oak plugs; in quartersawn white oak (Medieval stain), with gilt slip. $1,800.

Cascading Upper Falls

2017. Oil on panel, 16″ x 10″. Framed in No. 1110 (Shaw) — 2-1/2—3” coved stops (flush through-tenons) with raised square oak plugs, in quartersawn white oak (Onondoga stain) with gilt slip. $1,800.

Mount Diablo, Dusk

2016. Oil on canvas, 18″ x 40″. Framed in Compound Aurora No. 1100—3″ + Cap 22—1″ in quartersawn white oak (Dark Medieval stain). $6,500.

What Used to Be

2017. Oil on panel, 11″ x 14″. Framed in 3-1/8″ wide Compound frame No. 2.1 CV + Cap No. 22 CV. In quartersawn white oak (Oxford Oak stain). $1,900.

Berkeley Hills View

2017. Oil on panel, 11″ x 14″.  Framed in No. 22.6 CV—3” carved slope in quartersawn white oak (Dark Medieval stain). $1,950.

Oaks at the Peak, Northgate Entrance, Mt. Diablo State Park

2017. Oil on panel, 10″ x 10″. Framed in No. 2—2-1/2” quartersawn white oak (Weathered stain) with gilt slip. $1,450.

Up to the High Country

2017. Oil on panel. 16″ x 20″. Framed in a carved compound mitered frame in quartersawn white oak (Medieval Oak stain) and a 23kt gilt liner. $3,700.

Return to Glory

2016. Oil on panel, 8” x 12”. Framed in No. 22.6—2-1/2″ CV in quartersawn white oak (Medieval Oak stain). $1260.

Beyond Golden Grasses

Oil on panel, 2016, 11″ x 14″. Framed in a No. 1.4cv frame that is 3″ wide with an Onandaga stain. $1,620.

Oaks Above Borges’ Ranch

2015, Oil on canvas panel, 8″ x 16″. Framed in #22 cv in quartersawn white oak with a Medieval stain. $1,575.

Left Turn at the Pines

2014. Oil on panel, 15″ x 29″. Framed $3,460.

Into the Hills

2013. Oil on canvas, 12” x 16”. Framed in No. 321—3″ in quartersawn white oak (Weathered Oak), with gilt oak slip. $2145.