Jakki Kouffman
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Jakki Kouffman manipulates paint in much the same way the the whirling desert wind shapes the land around her. The Sante Fe landscape painter integrates Fauvist accents with a great eye for color, all of which shepherds the viewer toward a vivid daydream of howling New Mexico winds. Her long-term series of acrylics is called “Rivers, Mountains and Sea,” and it portrays the idea of resistance and change in the land through bold colors, striking textures and sweeping gestures.

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Jakki Kouffman 2/26/2016 | 3:26 PM

Denise, I so appreciate your taking a moment to compliment my plein air painting "Early Spring, Gusty Wind!!" It is an honor to have been selected to show with UGallery and I am delighted to hear that you support the decision of the UGallery staff to feature my work. Thanks again!

Denise 2/26/2016 | 3:04 PM

I have seen the plein air work and is wonderful. Congratulations! The staff made a good choice:)

Quiet Pond, Near Box Canyon

Acrylic painting on masonite board
Signed on front

14" h x 11" w x .12" d
1 lbs. 0 oz.


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"Quiet Pond, Near Box Canyon" is part of my textural landscape series executed with a painting knife. It was inspired by many hikes through Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico, near the summer home of Georgia O’Keeffe. In the fall, the desert explodes with the golden color of the blooming rabbitbrush. The brilliant red rock formations fill the air with a rusty pink glow, visible even on the shadowed base of the clouds. The painting surface, executed with textured acrylic pastes, was built up and then carved back to achieve its varied surface effect. This piece is on a masonite board and will need a frame for display. 

Acrylic painting

Acrylic paint was made commercially available in the 1950’s. Acrylic is a fast drying paint that can be diluted with water, but becomes water-resistant when dry. Acrylics can be applied in thin layers and washes to resemble watercolor paints, or they can be applied in thick layers, built up for texture. The main difference between oil and acrylic paint is the drying time. Oil dries slowly, allowing more time to blend colors and apply glazes. Artists who use acrylic paints typically work faster than those who use oils. Additionally, acrylics offer more versatility and are often used for mixed media work. Artists can mix different materials into the paint, such as sand or rice. They can also apply other media on top of the dried acrylic, such as pastel or pen.

Masonite board

Masonite board is a thin, smooth panel of highly compressed wood. If not already framed, most masonite board artwork will require framing.


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