July 24th – August 8th
Oh that Oregon Coast − so full of color and life! Karen explores the drama of crashing waves, bold rock formations, wind-shaped trees, and a sunset on the endless horizon, as she takes us down the coast, from the Pacific City Haystack, to the Haceda Head Lighthouse.
I’m most inspired by shapes found in nature, by wildlife and animals, by color, and by the sight, sound, and smell of large bodies of water. The moment I’m compelled to notice the light, a mood, or the appealing character of an animal − that is what I want to portray. I long to capture the striking beauty of Mother Nature and the exquisite character of her creatures.
So it’s no surprise that I can feel the coast calling to me and why I must try to capture her spirit through my paintings. Every visit I’ve made to the coast of Oregon has been such fun to anticipate, a delight to experience, and filled with sadness upon leaving. I always make a promise to the ocean to come back soon.
Karen moved from Colorado to Vashon Island with her family twenty years ago. She started painting in 1997 when she enrolled in a “plein air” (translation: paint outside) landscape class from the Art Students League of Denver. She’s also an Advertising Design graduate of the Colorado Institute of Art.
Karen has exhibited her paintings through galleries and art festivals since 1998. On Vashon she has had shows at the former Blue Heron and Silverwood Galleries, and has participated in over 15 Art Studio Tours.