About Karen

 
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I have been drawing since I was a small child. People as subjects have always interested me the most.

In 2006 I began taking courses in Life Drawing and Portrait Drawing, where I learned how to approach these topics in a more refined way.

Over these last thirteen years I have participated in many Art workshops, all of them very freeing and fun but also very informative on how to approach art in many different ways.

I like to work with many different media including charcoal, pencil, markers, chalk and oil pastels, watercolours, acrylics and most recently, spray paint.

In September 2016 I began a course in Drawing and Painting the Figure at the National College of Art and Design. An academic course including the study of the Great Masters of the Arts.

My personal approach is driven by a mixture of instinct and a subject matter that I find interesting, which so far is people, their expressions, mood and movement.  My aim is always to create pieces that are alive, colourful, fun, expressive and tell a story.

In 2017, I exhibited in my local library where I attracted a large crowd and made good sales too. In the summer I exhibited 6 large artworks at the Electric Picnic Festival. Over the year I was involved in two group exhibitions at Inspire Gallery, Dublin. A selection of my work was commissioned for the new Google offices at Grand Canal Dock in Dublin.

During January 2018 my work was exhibited at the Leixlip Library during my solo exhibition predominantly showing the work that had featured at Electric Picnic in 2017.

 
 

In May 2018 My exhibition “Clothed” ran at the Signal Gallery in Bray where a large audience came to view, I also made a good number of sales and commissions.

In August, having been selected as one the 50 artists for the Waterford Walls Festival, I undertook to paint a wall at  New Street Gardens. Over the weekend, I spray painted in large format for the first time, an image of this final work is can be seen in my Creative Highlights.  I found this to be both a challenging and rewarding experience, learning to develop as an artist and meeting an amazing group of people over the weekend too.

I sell art online via my Website, Etsy and Facebook shops, Instagram at my exhibitions and via my home studio in Celbridge.

I am inspired by many artists, including Amedeo Modigliani, Kees van Dongen, Klimt, Egon Schiele and Mary Swanzy.

I want my art to strike a chord with viewers and for it to turn walls into interesting colourful, storytelling landmarks.

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