Welcome all! Come on in and take your shoes off and have a look around. If you know me you know I have a passion for art, so I like to share my artist statement below so you can see what a joy I find in painting, teaching and designing. Then you can scroll down and take a look at my credentials. Feel free to email me and happy shopping.
Painting fills my need to create and is my key to reaching inside to transform my passion for color into an outward vision.
With my brush I go on an adventure to convey a story, an idea, or a moment that inspires me.
Being a native of
and growing up in its natural beauty; I am particularly moved to paint scenes of southern life, music, floras, abstracts and people in everyday activities.
I derive joy from the creative process of painting and the endless possibilities to paint keep me excited and challenged.
The people I meet and the things that I get to explore along the way add a rich seasoning to my life and my paintings; they fill me with a storehouse of ideas waiting to be expressed.
I am in awe and reverence of the colors, lines and values that I am blessed to see everyday as I continue on my life-long journey as an artist. I give God the Glory and Thanks for this gift of painting.
About the Artist:
This Louisiana Artist does contemporary colorful work focusing on music, southern life, dance, floral, figurative scenes, tropical destinations and abstracts. Karen primarily works in water media techniques using watercolor, dyes and/or acrylics. She also does batik, pastel and collage with some of her mixed media works.
Karen had an MBA from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and her undergraduate degree from Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX. in Textile Science/Fashion Merchandising with minors in Business and Art. She has owned a clothing store for several years and then went more technical as she worked in marketing of software and then implemenation of software. One of the companies she worked for was IBM, where she worked in the CRM practice as a Sr. Consultant.
Karen is a signature member of the Louisiana Watercolor Society, and belongs to the Southwest Watercolor Society, American Watercolor Society, Mississippi Watercolor Society, Hoover Watercolor Society, The Shreveport Art Club,
Shreveport Pastel Society,
Louisiana Artist Inc.& Creative Art Connection. She has won various awards in these organizations. Karen has been in the "Red River Revel" for Five years and has participated in the "Hobe Sound" and "
Boca Raton" Fine Arts Festivals in
Florida. Her painting "The Joy of a Rose" rotated in different areas in
Shreveport after winning "Highway Haiku" sponsored by Lamar Advertising and SRAC. Her painting "Dancing Violins" was licensed to the Shreveport Symphony to be used on bags and shirts. The Shreveport Red River Revel will be using her art "Saxophones" for the 2008 Sponsor limited prints.
Recently she won the Edgar Whitney Award in the 48th Annual Exhibition 2011 for 'Oysters Southern Sytle" and in the 2010 Louisiana Watercolor International Exhibition in New Orleans and winning the Memorial Award with "Oysters Southern Style" giving her a signature status. She had two paintings, "The Look" & "Dancing Violins" printed in the National Publication "The New Creative Artist" by Nita Leland, July 2006. She had "The Look" juried into the 2007 Louisiana Watercolor International show & "Me & My Guy" juried into the Grand National Show for Mississippi Watercolor Society for 2007. She also has two paintings that were juried into Artport at the
Airport. She had two 5 foot catfish with painting, mosaic & sculpture (Pirate Catfish & Saxy Muscial Catfish) that will be rotated around town & then auctioned in spring 2009 for Justice for Kids to benefit a nonprofit organization providing programs for abused, neglected and at-risk children in
Groups & Juried Shows
Southwestern Watercolor Society Edgar Whitney Award Sept. 2011 with Oysters Southern Style
Louisiana Watercolor Society's 40th Annual International Show & now a Signature Member of LWS (Show to be May 2010 in
LWS International Exhibit Memorial Award
Louisiana Watercolor Society's 38th Juried International Exhibition,
LA, May 2009
Louisiana Watercolor Society's 36th Juried International Exhibition,
LA, May 2007
Creative Art Connection Membership Show, Bossier City 2010 Best of Show
Creative Art Connection Spring Show,
Bossier City, Library 2009 1st Acrylic, 1st Mixed Media
Louisiana Artists, Inc. Art Works 2007, 2008 & 2009
Artport 2007-currently hanging at Shreveport Regional Airport-juried by Kalmbach Smith Meadows
Katfish4 Kids two 5 ft catfish 2008
The "Red River Revel" 2009
The "Red River Revel" 2008
The "Red River Revel" 2006
The "Red River Revel" 2005
The Hoover Watercolor Society Dr. Hank Stoer Awared Juror's Choice Award (Best of Show) March 2010
Hoover Watercolor Society 2008 Lytle's Theater of Art Award
Hoover Watercolor Society 2007
Hoover Watercolor Society 2006
Mississippi Grand International Show
The Creative Art Connection -Best of Show 2010
The Creative Art Connection 2008
LA -Third Place & Honorable mentions in other years
Shreveport Art Club
Highway Haku sponsored by Shreverport Arts Council
Texarkana Tri-State Competition-1st in Floral 2005
Hobe Sound & Boca Ration Juried Fine Arts Festivals in
Edom Arts Festival-Texas 2007
Lonestar Art Guild-Several paintings & several awareds ranging from 1st to 3rd.
LSAG 2005 Convention (some of the winning painting from Lonestar traveled to convention where all paintings compete.) I won a 1st & 3rd at the convention.
Springhill Art League Feb. 2008, Workshops at Hobby Lobby and 4 workshop per year out of her studio. Also taught workshops for Bossier Arts Council in the schools under grant money for two years.
Home Studio Workshops
Homewood Suites Shreveport, L, Katfish4kids & many other private collections
Hoover Watercolor Society, Louisiana Watercolor Society, Mississippi Watercolor Society, Creative Art Connection, Louisiana Artists, Inc., Shreveport Art Club, Past member of Lonestar Art Guild. 2009 Hoover Watercolor Society President and 2010 Hoover Watercolor Workshop Chair. Shreveport Art Club.