On display for March and April. Come meet the artist in person at the Minden Opera House Gallery Reception & Workshop on March 17 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Karen will be doing a fun hands-on exercise with zentangle as well as a presentation about her “Nebraska by Heart” Art Project. Light refreshments will be served. Reception is FREE and open to the public.
Artist’s Statement –
My personal style of expression is very eclectic which means I love various styles and media. I paint very realistically by using enlargements which then appear contemporary or surreal. I paint in oil and acrylic, use Prisma pencils, pen and ink and collage. I have recently been attracted to and developed a style called “Zentangle,” which is using random pattern and weight to decorate the surface of a 2-D or 3-D fish, bird, etc. One of my six foot 3-D hearts is rendered in this style. I have completed a series of coloring books and images using this style that have been very popular with my gallery patrons.
One of my personal favorites is using various materials for mosaics. I have floored my kitchen with designs using pennies and completed many serving trays, wall designs and other works of art using found materials like bits of glass, ceramic tiles and colored beads. I’m always interested in pursuing something new and different.
My brother grows orchids in Hawaii commercially and while I was visiting him I took photos of all his merchandise to showcase his orchids. I was then invited to participate in the American Orchid Society Convention in Hilo, Hawaii. As a result, I did thirty-four watercolor paintings that depicted his orchids. This has given me a new appreciation of organic things and the beauty that can be conveyed in artistic expression. Lilikoi are a certain species of vining flowers that are native to Brazil and are grown in Hawaii. They are very exotic looking but their blooms only last 24 hours.
Visit Karen’s studio website: studiokartgallery.com