Karen Birchwood’s paintings are a personal response and reflection, a memory of a place and time. Her paintings range from atmospheric coastal vistas and vibrant landscapes to calm meadows and colourful gardens, with her own garden playing a pivotal role. Karen’s pictures evoke the colours of a season, often with a strong sense of movement and a fluid quality. More recent work involves elements of geometric and abstract patterning, capturing the essence of her subject.
Working in acrylic, mixed media and collage either on canvas or paper, Karen starts her paintings with washes of colour. She builds layers using mark making and textures whilst retaining some of the initial sweeping brush marks. Karen exhibits in a number of galleries and shows in the South of England and is a selected member of the Rye Society of Artists.