I try to capture, in birds, for instance, either the subject’s extreme stillness (a heron fishing) or it’s opposite. I find the best way to express a bird’s edginess on a limb or briskness in flight is by rough, almost blurred outlines, similar to a sketch, rather than smooth finishes.
My work in oils involves applying layers upon layers of paint and is highly influenced by my early classical training– particularly the study of light on form.
“I’m painting what I love; what grabs my attention and makes me pause. Mornings and evenings are particularly inspirational because colors can be intensified, and light can make the ordinary interesting. Boats, whether for work or play, merge with the seascape. And coastal trees stand out like resolute figures, and I appreciate their determination. “
My subjects have included marine, landscape, and intimate domestic still lifes. They share my interests in the effects of light at a particular moment. The threads of the canvas, the sea, Vermont, Maine, my family, and friends have woven themselves inextricably into my psyche and my work.
I have discovered Plein Air painting in Portsmouth Harbor… “the intuitive dialogue with the Sea and the Elements has allowed me to produce my most authentic work and has enabled me to discover my true voice as a visual artist.
Through layering and sculpting of the medium, I create depth and intrigue. I hope to spark memories and longings for Maine’s rugged shores in the hearts and eyes of the viewer.
don’t paint from photographs or models. All of the images are from my head. I may be having a conversation with someone and hear a saying or sentence that inspires a painting. Or maybe I would hear a line in a song that puts an idea in my head.
Putting together a collection of lines, shapes, and colors that add some order, brightness, and humor to a world too often crazy, dreary and grim is not an unworthy pursuit or insignificant achievement
I build my ceramic sculptures by using coil and slab techniques which makes them hollow inside. I use an electric kiln to vitrify the clay. The sculpture’s unique surfaces are created by applying layer-a-upon-layer of acrylic paint glaze.
It is the juxtaposition of light that inspires Karen’s realistic works. Each painting is an individual mental puzzle to be worked through.