580 Cypress Street, Pismo Beach, California (805) 773-8057
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Raised in Venice, California, Karen has lived by the ocean all her life and has developed a love for the Pacific Coast, which she expresses in her oil paintings. Studying art in Europe and with a degree in Fine Art and Design from El Camino College, Karen paints primarily from memory. Karen will study the effects of sunlight and atmosphere at different times and seasons in locations throughout California, then she will walk the area and study the way light changes the possible compositions. Then she intensely studies the subject and finally begins sketching. At this point, painting is already done; she just has to get it down on canvas, which she does with a quick layout of the composition and basic color areas on the canvas. When this first layer or under painting is dry she will begin the many layers that make up the final piece. The finished work will usually have ten to twelve glazed layers of paint.