Is your home your sanctuary space? Is being surrounded by beauty important to you? Art can contribute greatly to the ambiance in your environment.
I create images with the intention of bringing the beauty and energy of the natural world into your space.
Whether you prefer abstract or realistic, the medium of collage or Lucite, my work is about the natural world.
Art is in my blood.
My paternal grandmother was a hobby artist who painted still lives of flowers in vases and small landscapes. My father also wanted to be an artist but was unable to fulfill his dream.
My early memories always revolved around art. I hoarded all the crayons in kindergarten and created TWO finger paintings because I did not like the composition of the first one. I was stingy with my doodle art makers so my brother and sister wouldn’t use them all up. Then I found paint by numbers! Little did I know that this would be the one of the major influence on my process in my artistic life.
The moment I decided I wanted to be an artist was in the UCLA campus bookstore. I was an unhappy French Major browsing the art section and saw a book of Gustav Klimt’s work. I shuddered and made the choice right then and there to become an artist.
I left UCLA to pursue an independent study program at El Camino Junior College. I took drawing and painting classes while I worked in an art gallery and framing store. I was introduced to all kinds of paper while framing and soon paper made its way into my paintings. Eventually the paper took over completely as I developed what I call Paper Mosaic, which is a highly specialized form of collage. The process is very similar to paint by numbers.
Knowing I had something special I wanted to turn my art career into an art business. I reached out to interior designers and started to make some money. Then, my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer and my world stopped.
During my mother’s illness and eventual passing two years later, my spiritual life was my lifeline, and nature my reprieve. I wanted to understand life and death. I read spiritual text and modern thinkers and the analogy of nature seemed to run through it all.
I had always loved flowers, butterflies and trees as subjects for my artwork, but now they were pregnant with deeper meaning for me.
Returning to resurrect my art business felt scary. But I knew I had to practice what I have been learning in my spiritual quest and bring that not only to my life but also to my art practice. So, I started to trust my own nature and relax and go with the flow. Life is supposed to feel good!
My artwork now is infused with the beauty and wisdom of the natural world that serves to remind me and my collectors that we are connected to an energy that never dies but continues to transform in an ever flowing unfolding. Like the caterpillar that is fully equipped to transform into a butterfly, we all are intrinsically wired to bloom!
Nature’s infinite array of beautiful forms and patterns are my muse. Its feast for the eyes are an invitation to dwell on the surface but ultimately a distraction for deeper themes such as; energy, movement, and the flow of life and death as the natural cycles of nature. These ideas are the underpinning of my work. Shapes, forms and patterns are my language.
Karen was born and raised in southern California. Out of high school she attended UCLA as a French major. It was there she discovered Gustav Klimt, Ernst Haeckel, Egon Schiele, William Morris and Alponse Mucha and the dormant artist was awakened.
She left UCLA and pursued an independent study program at El Camino College. She conducted life drawing sessions in her apartment and surrounded herself with art by working as a framer and in a local art galleries. As a framer she was introduce to many types of decorative papers and they began to make their way into her paintings. Soon the papers took over completely and she developed a highly specialize form of collage she calls “Paper Mosaics”. She then began working with interior designers installing “Paper Mosaic” murals in small interior spaces and eventually gaining representation at the Pacific Design Center with the Bradbury Collection. This led to exposure in The House Beautiful Celebrity Design House in 2003, the Hancock Design House in 2004, and the Pasadena Design House 2008. Her interior design contacts expanded from there. As she grew as an artist she became interested in also working with Lucite. This enabled her have more flexibility when working with interior designers by installing the Lucite as panels in doors or using them as partitions. The Lucite has an amazing reaction to light. This is what Elements Kitchen’s Head Chef Onil Chibas saw when he commissioned her to do all the work for his new fine dining restaurant, including the bar area. Her work is currently shown at Cisco Home showrooms in Los Angeles and Pasadena. And, she is an active member of the Los Angeles Art Association.
|Garden Variety||Moorpark Collage Art Gallery, Moorpark CA|
|Paper Dolls||Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles CA|
|Water & Wood||Hermosa Design, Hermosa Beach CA|
|Bloom||Descanso Gardens, Sturt Haaga Gallery, Flintridge CA
|Art Works for Healing||Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica CA|
|Inglewood Artist Show||Residency Gallery, Inglewood CA|
|Art Makes Change||Bergamot Station, Santa Monica CA|
|Earth||Bergamot Station, Santa Monica CA
|Streaming||Hale Arts, Santa Monica CA|
|Paperworks||City of Brea Gallery, Brea CA|
|Oenophilia||The Loft at Liz’s, Los Angeles CA|
|Comida y Arte||The Wine Vault, Glendale CA|
|Portraits of the Fallen||Mt. San Jacinto College Art Gallery, San Jacinto CA|
|Henry Road Grand Opening||Grand Opening, Studio City, CA|
|Santa Monica Airport Art Walk||Art walk, Santa Monica CA|
|Get Art||Project Angel Food, Los Angeles CA|
|The Flora and Spice||The Loft at Liz’s, Los Angeles CA|
|Gem||Lois Lambert Gallery, Bergamont Station, Santa Monica CA|
|Wellness Works||Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, Los Angeles, CA|
|Earth Night||Jeanie Madsen Gallery, Santa Monica CA|
|Made in California||Brea Gallery, City of Brea CA . Honorable Mention|
|Portraits of the Fallen||Terrel Moore Gallery, Los Angeles CA|
|Inglewood Open Studio||Beacon Arts Gallery, Inglewood CA|
|AFTA Artist Unite for Japan||Royal T, Culver City CA|
|Open Spaces||AFTA Gallery, Glendale CA|
|Deconstructed Applications||Municipal Gallery, Hollywood CA|
|Inspire||Art From the Ashes, Glendale CA|
|Live Auction||Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles|
|Insecticide||Liz’s Loft, Los Angeles CA|
|Cisco Home & Hastens||Cisco Home Pasadena La Case De San, Gabriele CA|
|Diverted Destruction||Liz’s Loft, Los Angeles CA|
|Branching Out||Elements Kitchen, Pasadena CA|
|Meta||Cisco Home, La Brea, Los Angeles CA|
|Project 210||Project 210 Gallery, Pasadena CA|
|Aurora||Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles CA|
|Go Green House||Westchester, Los Angeles CA|
|Santa Barbara Gardens||Santa Barbara CA|
|Gem||Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles CA|
|My New Country||Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles CA|
|NBC on the set of About a Boy|
|New Life Advocacy, Torrance CA|
|Kaiser Permanente Corporate Offices, Riverside, California|
|Little Tokyo Lofts, Los Angeles, California|
|Women for Women International, Washington DC|
|Western Assets Corporate Office, Melbourne Australia|
|Saint Josephs Hospital, Arizona|