Karen West is a versatile artist with a keen eye for beauty and a vast array of technical skills developed over a lifetime of experience in various artistic fields.
Many of Karen’s paintings evoke a sense of longing and nostalgia for a vanishing America through themes as varied as a peaceful landscape, a historical site, or an architecturally important building. Gardens and homes are interpreted by Karen with care and sensitivity to reflect the life and times of what was. Some of her paintings reflect just a window, a door, an old drawbridge or a still life study from a Victorian parlor. In addition, she has done a series of European scenes from her personal trips.
Karen lives in Petaluma, CA and specializes in acrylics on canvas. She did watercolors for many years, as well as pen and ink, stained glass and other media. Some paintings are done plein air at the exact location of the painting. Others are done later in her studio from sketches and photographs taken at the site. All of Karen’s work is from the real world, instantly recognizable as such, but organized in an abstract way with the elements of art.
Her studio is at the Must Hatch Hatchery, the beautifully designed Brainerd Jones brick building at 7th and F Streets in historic Petaluma. Karen was educated in Minnesota and California and is credentialed in secondary Art and elementary education. She had advanced training in Graphic Arts. Her awards are many; she has exhibited at Gallery One, the Sebastopol Art Center, the Petaluma Historical Museum, Aqua Areas, Petaluma’s Open Studio and Art in the Park, and now at ARTrails.