Lives: Scottsdale, Arizona
Genre: Contemporary Still Life
Painting with Artristic easel: Since 2015
Karen most recently purchased the artristic Studio easel Mk 4.
In her own words:
I am a realistic painter…verging on photorealistic. As such my paintings often involve a lot of detail. For smaller sized paintings I prefer to paint sitting down. For larger paintings I often paint the background standing up and the details sitting down. Before I found the ARTristic Easel I found myself moving paintings back and forth from my traditional easel and my art table.
Karen works from her studio in Scottsdale Arizona, producing eye-catching, almost photo-realistic works in oils.
Probably best recognized for iconic series featuring marbles, food, nostalgia, and most recently the whimsical “Alphabet Block Series”, Karen stuns with her ability to produce such detailed and realistic glimpses of the world with brushes and paint. It is difficult to comprehend the patience and attention required to painstakingly reproduce each scene with such incredible accuracy.
For many the revelation that Karen’s pieces are not photography can be hard to accept, but look a little more closely and you’ll be fascinated to see each one is indeed a painting! Still, it’s hard to resist the urge to reach out and give those tom bowlers a nudge, isn’t it?
Freedom of movement is super important when painting with such detail, the marble painting above in particular showcasing the care with which every nuance of the light is captured.
Karen also loves the ease with which she can move her Artristic easel:
I often found myself struggling to move large paintings around on my art table trying to paint detailed portions. The Artristic easel not only solves this problem totally, but it also works great for when I am standing painting backgrounds.