Meet Kathleen Strukoff

Every Sunday we introduce you to people in our community who are making a difference. This week we invite you to meet an artist whose broad brush strokes help tell the story of our past.

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With Modernism Week Fall Preview in full swing this weekend, you no doubt have seen the subjects of Kathleen Strukoff’s art. If you venture over to the Modernism Show & Sale at the Palm Springs Convention Center, which ends today, you may meet the artist herself. Strukoff, known as “The Palm Springs Pop Up Painter,” has recently been delighting residents of the city and fans of modernism with paintings of some of our most iconic homes and buildings. She uses a combination of palette knife and vigorous brushwork with bold colors to express her translation of the scene, painting “alla prima” (at first attempt) all over town. Get to know her below, and check out her website here.

OCCUPATION: Artist

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN THE DESERT? 2 years

WHAT BROUGHT YOU HERE? The lifestyle and the artistic community attracted me.

WHAT KEEPS YOU HERE? The lifestyle and the artistic community keep me here.

DO YOU HAVE FAMILY HERE? No

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR IN THE DESERT? I like the fall. 

HOW DO YOU BEAT THE HEAT? I like to go camping and take mini trips. And I exercise early.

DO YOU HAVE A PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY BY WHICH YOU LIVE? Use my creativity to bring joy to others, help the community, support small businesses, and give back.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT? Copley’s on Palm Canyon. 

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST ISSUE FACING OUR COMMUNITY? Homelessness and water availability.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO OR PLACE TO GO IN THE DESERT? I like to take advantage of all the entertainment options here.

WHAT WOULD YOU TELL PEOPLE ABOUT PALM SPRINGS THAT THEY MIGHT NOT ALREADY KNOW? We have an extremely active population. 

WHAT’S YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE? Floating in the pool when I should be doing something else.

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