Paul Kratter

Coming this Spring!
A Language of the Land: New Paintings by Paul Kratter and Terry Miura

May 6 to June 10, 2017
Opening Reception: May 6th, 4 to 6 p.m.

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. The humility and joy that Paul carries with him, along with his brushes, paints and panels, out into the hills, mountains 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 East Bay and California landscape with a direct and confident touch earned by long devotion to the land and to making paintings.

Paul Kratter is a highly accomplished artist and instructor who has won numerous awards at Plein Air events across the country. After 22 years working as an illustrator and publishing several books, he now paints full time and teaches. He teaches plein air work shops and has taught classes at the San Francisco Art Institute, and Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville. Information about his workshop classes can be found on his website.

These pages of Paul Kratter paintings are an excellent source of ideas for framing plein air paintings.

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Between Fog and Sun—Point Lobos

2016, oil on panel, 8” x 10”. Framed in custom Cassetta frame in quartersawn white oak. Painting: $800. $1300 in this frame.

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. $1,520.

Oaks Above Borges’ Ranch

2015, Oil on canvas panel, 8″ x 16″. Framed in #22 cv in quartersawn white oak with a Medieval stain. $1,588.


2015, Oil on panel, 9″ x 12″. Framed in #2.3CV, 2-3/4″ wide in quartersawn white oak with a Medieval stain and 18kt gilt liner. $1,400.

Left Turn at the Pines

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

After Morning Rain

2014. Oil on panel, 11″ x 14″. Framed in No. 1.4 CV—3″ in quartersawn white oak (Medieval Oak stain).  $1,485.

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.

Great Oak & Lupine

2013. Oil on canvas, 11″ x 14”. Framed in Compound Mitered frame  No. 2—2” + Cap No. 400 CV—3/4”, in quartersawn white oak (Medieval Oak stain) with carved gilt cove liner. $1750.

Pear Orchard

2013. Oil on canvas, 11” x 14”. Framed in No. 10.1 “Eastwood—3″ quartersawn white oak (Van Dyke). $1,375.