Oil painter Karen Barton creates records of everyday objects through a historical and sentimental lens. With works that feature the ingredients of a PB&J sandwich or the iconic blue Morton's Salt container, Karen makes a connection through the goods that reach into our homes and possibly to our childhoods. As she explains, "my paintings are of a historical nature. They mostly represent contemporary culture and our current time in history while others are ‘timeless icons.'" Karen collects her subjects at local grocery, hardware, or antique stores where she often attracts curious stares while she intently examines the items. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Karen shares a studio with her artist husband, which she describes as a busy looking place with art supplies and a bright yellow futon with Libby, their beloved studio dog.
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About The Artist
My oil paintings are usually a smaller format and are done with a combination of brushwork and palette knife. I am attracted to color and texture as well as visual contrasts on the subject or in the surrounding area of the subject matter. My paintings speak for themselves at a distance. Up close they grab one's curiosity with their texture and interaction of colors.
Today’s world is ever changing. These pieces of art are a way to grab ahold of something meaningful to the person who collects them. They are a personal statement of the collector... perhaps a story to be told.
Pacific Lutheran University
Bachelor of Arts, 1986
Pacific Lutheran UniversityMaster of Arts, 1993