Paul Kratter Demonstrates Painting a Landscape in Oils from a Photo Reference at Sept. 8 Meeting

Paul Kratter will demonstrate painting a landscape in oils from a photo reference at the Sept. 8 meeting of the El Cerrito Art Association.

Paul Kratter attended Art Center College of Design, graduating with a BA in Illustration. For the next 22 years he freelanced as an illustrator in the advertising field, concentrating mainly on sports and wildlife subjects, working for the NFL, various baseball teams, The Nature Company, and for zoos, aquariums, and museums.

He illustrated a number of children’s books, including his ABC book, “The Living Rainforests,” for which he received the Communications Arts Annual award in 2002. Around this same time he became interested in the immediacy of the plein air approach and started painting in the East Bay hills near his home. He began to show in galleries and join plein air events.

His style changed almost overnight, although his approach remained intact, utilizing solid drawing skills and portraying strong graphic shapes. Painting outdoors became a passion. He continues to participate in a number of plein air events annually in California and beyond. Each has its own unique topography, light, and challenges, which force him to keep his work fresh and loose.

The September 8 meeting will be held in the Garden Room of the El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito. The evening begins at 7:00 pm with social time and a “mini art show” of members’ work. A brief business meeting is held at 7:30, followed by the speaker.

El Cerrito Art Association meetings are open to the public, and visitors and new members are always welcome. For further information about this program, contact Barbara Daniell at 510-277-6996 or For more information about the Association, see The Community Center is handicapped-accessible.