“Art is an adventure of the soul and essential to life…”

It’s a Winner!
Karen Baker receives an Honorable Mention award for her painting “Deep Calls Unto Deep” in this year’s 14th Annual Pastel 100 Competition sponsored by Pastel Journal Magazine.  An image of her winning painting appears in the April 2013 issue of Pastel Journal.

Karen Baker CPS PSA PSTB
“The most exciting aspect of the painting experience is the creative process itself:  that spontaneous flow of energy working through the artist, condensed into form.  Each one of my paintings is a momentary pause in the ongoing expression of who I am…”

Artist-instructor Karen Baker paints what inspires her the most—the world of Nature and its ever-changing landscape in all seasons. “As a child I was always outdoors playing.  It’s no surprise the artist in me is still exploring Nature and all its mysteries through my artwork.”
Karen’s portfolio covers a range of subjects: rural New England farm buildings, meadows and mountain vistas; lowland waterways of the coastal South; Florida shorelines, open waterways, the remote Everglades and sugar cane fields. She is also known for her colorful floral paintings, particularly the prolific Poppy Series featuring blooms in open fields, garden settings, or detailed close-up studies. “I often develop a theme into an extended series which enables me to go beyond the subject’s surface reality into the realm of imagination, where most of my images are conceived.”  To date, the Poppy Series alone has produced over 160 paintings—becoming her signature image and symbolic self-portrait.  Other recently developed themes include paintings of deep water and open skies.

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