Fran Kurkar

Say Cheese by Fran Kurkar

"Say Cheese," Watercolor by Fran Kurkar

“Traditional Watercolor”

As an art major at the University of New Mexico, I graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Before that, I took classes toward an art degree wherever my husband’s military career took us. I started to paint watercolors by studying with Dorothy Voorhees and taking many workshops sponsored by the New Mexico Watercolor Society.

Mostly, I paint flowers, current favorites are callas and irises. The old adobe houses and gates are great to paint. They really reflect New Mexico. Once in a while it is fun to take on the challenge of painting people. Landscapes are usually the wonderful red rock formations that we see here in New Mexico and the four corners area. All of my paintings are done in a realistic manner.

My watercolors have been accepted into international, national and local exhibits. Several awards have been won. Photographs of paintings were in the Winter, 1997 issue of Watercolor magazine and in the Summer 2000 issue of the University of New Mexico continuing education catalog. I’m a Signature Member of the New Mexico Watercolor society. The paintings are shown at Yucca Gallery in Old Town, Albuquerque ( They are also shown at local juried arts and crafts shows.

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