Karen’s paintings are noted to accentuate the effects of light to the scene adding to the luminosity of her award winning art. Classically trained in the BFA Program at Parson’s School of Design in New York, that classic background is ever evident in her style, along with her love of capturing the figure and the effects of light in all of her scenes. Her area landscapes/skyscapes reflect the essence of the landmark, with accentuation on the effects of light to the scene. Karen’s award winning paintings have been collected by private and corporate collections: such as Venice City Hall locally and nationally the U.S. I.R.S. Her Illustrations have been published nationally in Children’s Picture Books in addition to being distributed in a line of gifts. Notably awarded as a participant in “Paint the Parks” & “Paint America” National Exhibits, 2006 recipient of the Muses Award. Her most recent Children’s Book Illustration endeavor received a five star rating from Clarion ranking it as an Excellent choice for children. She is the founder of the Venice Plein Air group and signature member of Plein Air Florida, plus a Nationally Exhibiting Artist.
Karen is predominantly an Oil Painter; her style combines representational and impressionistic, making the emphasis on color and effects of light along with depicting innocence candidly with expressions where a character or portrait also plays a role. When painting a field sketch in Plein Air or a Portrait in the studio the medium is generally Oil; her palette has a Renaissance influence combined with a Hudson River School accent. Studies at Parsons School of Design, along with workshops with modern masters continually influence, as does her extended traveling, criss-crossing the United States. Often working from life, and then bringing that life experience back into the studio emphasizing the effects of light, atmosphere, and the circumstances.
Two time 6th Annual Semi-Finalist Plein Air Magazine-Plein Air Salon 2016,2017
2017 OPA Eastern Regional
2017 AIS American Impressionist Society 1stAnnual Small Works
2017 13thAnnual Best of Plein Air LPAPA
2016 OPA 25thAnnual National
2016 WPSE 5thAnnual
2015 10thBiennial National Juried Art Exhibition
2015 OPA National Salon Show
2015 WPSE 4thAnnual
2016 & 2017 Plein Air Magazine’s Plein Air Convention & Expo Faculty Artist
2016 Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine May/June
2017 Plein Air Magazine October/November
2017 Plein Air Magazine June/July
2016 Plein Air Magazine October/November
2014 Living on the Sun Coast January
2014 & 2017 Juried National Artist Plein Air Texas
2016 Awarded Best Landscape by WPSE Women’s Painters of the South East
Associate/Member: Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, Plein Air Artist Colorado, Laguna Artist Plein Air Painters Association. Founder of Plein Air Venice.
Juried Participant Top 50:
National Paint The Parks