About the Artist

Karen Carlton

Landscapes are my primary subject matter, whether in an oil painting or a pen and ink drawing.

I love the ever changing  fluidity, and randomness of nature. Nature is not only beautiful but unpredictable. The earth is God’s creation and I try to reflect that in my artwork. Although, to me, there is no “work” in artwork. It is a joy to paint. Painting is my freedom of expression, and I love seeing my brushstrokes and emotionality on the canvas.

Many of my paintings show paths. I am intrigued with roads taken and not taken.  The choices we make in life can lead you one way or another. There are so many different paths that our lives can take. Think back to choices made as a teenager, as a young adult, as a young  parent, in your career or pursuing your passion. Paths reflect our journey in life. We can grow or we can falter or we can take a turn off a path or stay on a similar one.

Even if careful thought isn’t given to a choice, we can learn from it. Life is a journey. We, along with the earth we live on, are always evolving. And in similar regard, my original intent on a painting can sometimes change.  I may have a preconceived notion as to what the finished painting will look like but once the painting process starts, the painting takes on a different dynamic. And I welcome those moments when emotion takes over and the result is something I didn’t envision.

Even if a painting doesn’t show a traditional path, I have usually intended  a journey for the viewer on the canvas. There is a movement around the canvas to keep the eye and mind going. This may be done with color or with brushstrokes if not the literal subject matter of a path.

I frequently use line to further define an abstract shape in nature. It gives form to the randomness found in nature. The use of line reflects my love for the pen and ink medium, and my illustration background.

Karen Carlton is a resident artist at redFISH Art Studio in East Aurora. She is a member of East Aurora Art Society, Burchfield Penney, Springville Center for the Arts, and Western New York Artists Group and has exhibited locally at Burchfield Penney Art Center, Art Dialogue Gallery, Artsphere Gallery, Artist Impact Gallery, Ashwood Artisans, redFISH, Main Street Picture Frame and VanOver Fine Art, and nationally at Connecticut and North Carolina galleries. She has been juried into Regional and Members shows for WNYAG, BPAC and the Fall National Artist Impact show; has participated in several group shows and has had a solo show at VanOver Fine Art. In September 2012 one of her paintings was selected to be in the BPAC gala auction.

Karen obtained her formal art training at University of Connecticut where she lived for several years. She is happy to be back in the Buffalo area where she was born and raised.  She now lives in Orchard Park with her family.

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