Reviewing Kathleen Elsey's work a San Francisco Art Reviewer called her Fauvist paintings exhibit "A dramatic brush with life". Kathleen Elsey paints with a looser hand, a vivified palette and brusque brushwork. "I want to capture the emotion of my subject, I see. I feel. I discover rhythms, shapes, lines. I want to balance between my eye, my mind and my heart. She says, "I am a Fauve painter, a colorist and I tend to exaggerate. I chase light and shadows, I freeze colors and shapes and make these marks on my canvas". You will see in these paintings that she definitely caught up with the light and shadows. The colors that she was chasing are vigorously captured on her canvases. Loose and free, her paintings convey enormous energy and a passion for light and color.