Born in Redlands, California, Karen is a painter and printmaker who has worked in Los Angeles since l959. Educated at Stanford (BA 1957), Otis (MFA 1959), and UCLA (Painting 1960), her early exhibitions include “Directorʼs Choice” at the Pasadena Art Museum, selected by Thomas Leavitt; “LA and Vicinity,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art; “Current Concerns” at LAICA, curated by Walter Hopps; “Imagination” at LAICA, curated by Llyn Foulkes; “Assemblage and Collage” at LAICA, curated by Hal Glicksman; Grandview Gallery at the Womenʼs Building and “Expo/International” at the Museo del Inah, Oaxaca, Mexico. She has exhibited at the LouWe Gallery, The Brand Library, Boston University, Cal Tech, Cal State Luckman Fine Arts Gallery, Cal Poly Pomona, UC Davis, The Berkeley Art Center, Occidental College, The LA Municipal Art Gallery, The Armory Center for the Arts, the Platt Gallery, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, and many others. In Spring of 2012, she exhibited monotypes with Linda Lyke in a two person exhibit at Century Books, Pasadena, CA. From l977 to 1997 Karen was Artist-in-Residence (CA Arts Council) and Faculty at Pacific Oaks College where she created the Childrenʼs Art Studio, a multidisciplinary teaching studio for 200 children and student-teachers. Over the years, Karen initiated and developed art programs on several campuses, including Westridge School, and Pasadena Alternative School. Among the art spaces she created, “The Art Studio” at Pacific Oaks is documented in Design Over Time (Stine 1994). Karen was included in the 2010 encyclopedia, L.A. Rising: SoCal Art before1980 (Kienholz 2010).
In my early life I always painted. My parents let me paint huge murals on our walls and I did several murals for the community but did not think of it as a career. I went to San Francisco State University where I studied Dance, psychology and Science with a focused on the human body in movement. After three years in college I got a summer job as an actress in The Sound of Music. That lead to a few years exploring what life would be like as an actress. All the while I painted as a way to center myself and I had a few exhibitions of my paintings. By 24 I turned all of my attention to art making and moved to the art haven of Santa Fe New Mexico. It was there that my life as an artist was launched. My skills as a visual artist were honed with the help of that supportive art community. Working from my studio in Santa Fe I made paintings that were exhibited all over the US and Europe. In 1997 I moved to Seattle for 14 years. The landscape of the Pacific Nothrwest impressed called to me. Inspired by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai and his 36 views of Mount Fuji, I created 36 Views of Mount Rainier in the medium of Hokusai, wood block printing.The loss of my father to Leukemia and my mother to Alzheimer’s fundamentally changed my artistic direction. I had previously always expressed my self by making images I turned my focus to writing a book. I worked through my grief as I wrote about my creavtive, loving and artistic family.The process helped me understand how they had always supported me and my development as an artist. After the book launch in 2016 I moved to Alexandria, Virginia and became a member of Printmakers Inc at the Torpedo Factory. As fortune would have it that I have found another wonderful supportive artistic community that has embraced me as I return to print making.
Join us February 1st, 2020 from 1PM-3PM For or a Gallery Walk through with participating artists followed by a Panel Discussion on "Migration and Art” with Pavel Acevedo, Marianne Sadowski and Phumilelele Tshabalala
Included in this exhibition is a special preview of PAPER BOATS, a small flotilla will be on view in preparation for LA Printmaking on view at SGCI 2023 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The ImMigration Project, back from an exciting installation in Venice Italy, in October 2019 currently comprises 145 artists from all over North America and Europe!