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.
'My paintings are a reflection of how I see my surroundings. I see my world in colour and image. A visual dialogue to myself'
My work reflects my personal perspective on how I view my surrounding, and I hope giving someone who buys a piece of my work, a new way of looking at their world maybe seeing something in the painting that means something to them. I use mainly acrylic and mixed media, on canvas, board and paper. Collage has become an important element, giving a painting an added dimension and texture. I work intuitively from the start of a painting with colour and form letting a painting develop with spontaneity. Its important to me to create a sense of space, to balance areas of intense colour and form. I often use rags rather than paint brushes. I might wipe away whole areas in order to get the balance right in a piece of work. Sometimes scraping or washing off areas to reveal hidden marks and colours, always trying to create a sense of movement and energy in a painting.
I don't often sketch but prefer to work directly on canvas but I do keep 'inspiration' sketch books. These books are very much part of my process, they inspire and inform my paintings. I build pages from a variety of things like magazines, off cuts of paintings, bits of fabric, photographs and drawing. I also love to walk in the countryside or along the coast, as well as visit my favourite gardens. I do take photographs for reference but much prefer to just remember a place when I paint. My home is very much an extension of my work. I constantly group objects and colours together which directly reflects in my paintings and of course my garden which is a constant source of inspiration.