ABOUT

Artist Statement

The idea that a picture, an image, can be dissected into an infinite number of variables fascinates me. I utilized this allure as a tool to create visual media; particularly abstract photography. However, I am not always satisfied with actual photographs as an end result. Thus, I decided to take the images to another level, which evolved into the current process I employ.

PhotoCollage onto canvas as well as other materials allows me to explore photographic images to a much more satisfying degree. The process unveiled a significantly deeper level to my creative vision. It gives my photographs the added character and dimension that I truly want people to see. I use this art form as a means to develop a visual narrative of the way I interpret the photographs I take of my family, travel and everyday surroundings.

*My daughter, Kate – age 9 – took this photograph of me.

 

The Who’s, Pete Townshend, sent me the following email about the comissioned artwork I made for him:

 

Dear Karen,

Thank you for the painting. I love it, that’s saying something because it’s very rare for me to receive a gift that I like. I intend to display it on one of my boats – it is perfect.

We may meet one day when I’m Chicago way.

Best wishes for 2011, hope you sell some stuff, you can say I’m a fan on your website – because it’s TRUE!!

Pete

 

Artist History

Commissioned Commercial Installation

2010 Renaissance Hotel Lobby, Washington D.C.

Solo Exhibition

2005 Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2008 Nail Bar of Highland Park, Highland Park, IL
2009 Art on Armitage, Window Gallery, Chicago, IL

Local Juried Exhibition

2013 Overall Winner Art is Alive in Highland Park; The Art Center, Highland Park, IL

Featured Guest Artist

2004 FOTOWERK; FLATFILE Galleries, Chicago, IL
2005 A Unique Arts Adventure; Highland Park City Gallery, Highland Park, IL
2006 Highland Park City Gallery, Highland Park, IL
2006 Art at City Hall; Aurora Public Arts Commission, Aurora, IL
2007 Highland Park City Gallery, Highland Park, IL
2008 Highland Park Art Walk, Highland Park, IL
2008 Evanston Art Walk, Evanston, IL
2008 12 x 12 Art Show; The Art Center, Highland Park, , IL
2009 Explorations: New Works by New Artists; The Art Center, Highland Park, IL
2009 Freeze; The Art Center, Highland Park, IL
2010 Chicago Art Open; Chicago Artists’ Coalition, Chicago, IL
2011 The Art Center Red Hot Gala, Highland Park, IL
2011 Highland Park Art Walk, Highland Park, IL
2011 Explorations: New Works by New Artists, Highland Park, IL
2011 Catholic Charities Gala of the Arts, Chicago, IL

National Juried Exhibition

2005 St. Charles Art Festival; Dellora A. Norris Cultural Arts Center, St. Charles, IL

Regional Juried Exhibition

2005 Vicinity; Dellora A. Norris Cultural Arts Center, St. Charles, IL
2006
Vicinity; Dellora A. Norris Cultural Arts Center, St. Charles, IL

Corporate Commissioned Artwork

WCIU, The U Cable Network, Chicago, IL
The Lake Bluff Recreation Center, Lake Bluff, IL
Spindustries LLC, Lake Geneva, WI
The Center for Pain Relief, Highland Park, IL

Residential Commissioned Artwork

The collection of Mr. and Mrs. Pete Townshend, Surrey, England
The collection of Mr. & Mrs. Geoff Murray, Lake Forest, IL
The collection of Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Small, Highland Park, IL
The collection of Mr. & Mrs. Faron Daugs, Mundelein, IL
The collection of Mr. & Mrs. Greg Worcester, Mundelein, IL
The collection of Mr. & Mrs. Ira Berk, Highland Park, IL
The collection of Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Sayers, Grand Rapids, MI
The collection of Mr. & Mrs. John Green, Grand Rapids, MI
The collection of Mr. & Mrs. Roger Diez, Highland Park, IL
The collection of Mr. & Mrs. Steven Berkshire, Vernon Hills, IL
The collection of Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Ness, Highland Park, IL
The collection of Mr. & Mrs. John Ozburn, Highland Park, IL
The collection of Mr. & Mrs. Glenn DeBell, Highland Park, IL
The collection of Mr. & Mrs. Ken Kucera, Libertyville, IL
The collection of Mr. & Mrs. Pries, Chicago, IL
The collection of Mr. & Mrs. Marlon Stone, Highland Park, IL
The collection of Mr. & Mrs. Hunter Piermont, Minneapolis, MN
The collection of Mr. Ken Wieselman, Highland Park, IL
The collection of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Janke, Highwood, IL
The collection of Dr. & Mrs. Jon Boudeman, Naperville, IL
The collection of Mr. & Mrs. Jason Glickman, Highland Park, IL

Charitable Donations of Artwork

2006, 2007, 2008 The Family Network Annual Benefit, Highland Park, IL
2006, 2007 The Brennan Ammentorp Angel Foundation Annual Benefit, Mundelein, IL
2008 The Juvenile Diabetes Annual Benefit, Chicago, IL
2008 The Lincolnshire School District Annual Fundraiser, Lincolnshire, IL
2008 LeRoy Butler Breast Cancer Foundation, Lake Geneva, WI
2010 Opportunity Builders Inc., Baltimore, MD
2010 North Shore Congregation Israel Anniversary Benefit
2011 Have a Heart for Stretch Fundraiser
2011 Lake County Haven for Homeless Women and Children Benefit