The masterpiece Karen created for us is perfect. She listened to what we wanted and then delivered a painting that went way beyond our expectations. Love her use of color and texture. We are exceptionally pleased with results.
~Craig and Tracey Altonen
I believe that we are all creative beings born with the ability to build, communicate and impact our world. I interpret the world around me in a visual medium because it allows me to create a narrative and translate my understanding of my environment and experiences in a medium that connects others to my world.
I primarily paint with acrylics and mixed media because water is such an important ingredient in the painting formula. Water is a powerful agent for change when it is allowed to move the paint, dilute the intensity, and mix new unique colors. Painting with acrylics allows me to layer quickly building the narrative of my piece.
I have found excitement in playing in the area between the abstract and impressionistic styles. This allows me to pull things in and out of focus in my paintings. I don’t choose a certain type of subject matter. Instead, my subject matter is chosen by the story I am trying to tell. I want the viewer to connect or empathize with the struggles and know that they are not alone in their own life challenges.
My husband and I were interested in buying an original piece of artwork for our new home; we soon realized commissioning Karen to do a piece for us would lead to a more personalized piece. Her task was to recreate a scenery from our favorite beach in Destin, FL. She not only captured the beauty of the scenery, but the mood as well. When looking at "Destiny By The Beach" I feel soothed by the mixture of soft and vibrant colors. I could literally step right into the painting and walk on the beach!
~Julie and Kevin Hamel
Art that inspires