Arches Gallery, Building 9
Background: Ohioan by birth, Karen spent ten years in middle school teaching art before going into the U.S. Army for ten years. After time as a logistician and transporter of nuclear material, she has returned to the art industry as a working artist. Karen works in oils, but is equally at home with multi-mixed-water media, and collage. Floral shapes and colors are a prevalent fascination for her; but, she uses a wide variety of subject matter in her work. Her vibrant colors, shapes and composition are a bit of rebellion to years in uniform.
Her art work has been juried into exhibits in Virginia and North Carolina, with sales from events in both states. She has work in permanent collections at Mount Olive College-Wilmington, NC, and in Crystal City, Virginia. She has exhibited at the Towne Bank, Virginia Beach, historic Burgwin-Wright House, Wilmington, NC and various other locations. She has also received special merit awards in several international competitions held by Light, Space & Time Online Gallery. She is an active member with both the Clifton Art Guild and the Springfield Art Guild.
Influences: Karen is influenced by the colors and shapes of the world around her. Currently the art journal trends influence her artwork as evidenced by layers and textures of colors, prints and collage elements.
Artistic philosophy: “Good Art”… is what YOU like. Art should be affordable to people who want to use art to enhance their living environments. Art should be a continuous aid to people as the move through their daily routines. Art should be a healing source that improves your quality of life and awareness of what is around you.