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Karen Hale Jackson, California

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

    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.

    Artist Statement

    Texture, dimension and color are exciting to me and are the basis for my artwork. The use of disparate elements are a challenge in bringing a piece together to a conclusion of good design qualities...this is what my work is all about.

    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.

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    commentsNo End In Sight I
    A Richter purchased this artwork. 12/1/2019 | 3:10 PM

    We have a real appreciation for Karen Hale's work. We already owned a couple of small pieces and selected this one for our dining room. We love the qualities of lightness and depth in this layered piece. We are thrilled to get to enjoy this piece in our home!

    commentsBlues on Parade
    krnhersh 3/21/2015 | 4:53 PM

    i just love your work- when I look thru this site- and I do many times, i end up picking out your paintings without seeing the artist name- your paintings seem to connect to me- i paint also- but haven't shown anything- thank you for your sharing your gift- k

    commentsInfluences 2
    S Rodriguez 8/19/2014 | 10:21 AM

    Such a beautiful piece! I can get lost in it. The colors are amazing.

    commentsStreak of Luck
    krnhersh 5/10/2014 | 11:57 PM

    I just love this!!! so alive-thanks

    commentsEarth Meets Sky
    A White purchased this artwork. 2/2/2014 | 12:01 PM

    Love it! Even better in person than online. The colors are gorgeous.

    J Moore 8/16/2013 | 3:41 PM

    'Forms Repeated' is very nice.

    commentsOh Happy Day
    UGallery 1/10/2013 | 12:53 PM

    Karen! We featured this piece on the UGallery blog. It's lovely. We also wrote a little introduction for you. You can read the post by visiting this link: http://blog.ugallery.com/post/40184167705/new-artist-spotlight-karen-hale-and-colin-marx

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