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.

Artist and Customer Comments

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:)

The Coolness of Pacific Dusk

Acrylic painting on stretched canvas
Signed on front

18" h x 18" w x 2" d
2 lbs. 8 oz.


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"The Coolness of Pacific Dusk" is part of a series that was inspired by visits to the north central coast of California. The wind and tide propel the sunset-tinged surf over igneous outcroppings called sea stacks. The frothy water propels itself across every cranny in the rock formation, leaving a colorful tracery. This acrylic brush painting on a gallery wrapped canvas has finished sides, painted a quiet blue-green that harmonizes with the cool colors of the painting. The work is wired and ready to hang.

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.

Stretched canvas

Canvas is a heavy-duty fabric used as a painting surface. When a canvas artwork is labeled stretched, it means the canvas has been wrapped around a wooden frame (the ''stretcher''). Stretched canvases typically do not require framing.


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