Karen Hale has been a professional artist for over 45 years. Her father was a commercial artist and furniture maker who encouraged her creativity at an early age. Once married, she began to make and sell crafts to help put her husband through college. A temporary job led to a fulfilling lifetime profession. Karen developed a fascination with materials and has worked in many different media throughout her career, including textiles, jewelry, collage, and photography. She now focuses on creating dynamic mixed media paintings. Her style presents varying degrees of abstraction. The discerning viewer can decipher a blurred flower or a hazy horizon line while meditating on Karen’s soothing color palette.
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About The Artist
My paintings are non-objective and do not represent anything in particular, rather they are a construction of brush and trowel marks, colors, tones, layers of paint, and surface texture. I hope to strike a chord with my viewer so that they are intrigued and mesmerized by what they are seeing.
Because the paintings are abstract expressionistic in form, a freedom and spontaneity is clearly evident. The materials consist of acrylic paints and mediums, and may include a variety of papers, found objects, fabric, thread, and metallic leafing, and graphite works. When starting a painting, I work with an idea that is quickly directed by the painting itself. I work with layers of thick and thin color, washed, glazed, or scumbled over textured surface using brushes, trowels, and found utensils to apply the paint. The results are a magnificent exploration of color, texture and depth. The absence of recognizable forms leads the viewer through their own journey of discovery.