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Feature Artist Bio
By permission of the artist, The Cyber Art Show is pleased to feature the second of two 12-piece exhibitions of works by contemporary American landscape painter Karen Blackwood (born 1960 in New Hampshire, USA).
Karen received her B.A. in the Studio Art program at the University of N.H. studying under Conley Harris and Sigmund Abeles, with continued studies at the Art Students League in N.Y. and the Institute of Art in CA. After spending the earlier part of her professional life as an Art Director for a major New York City ad Agency, she moved to California, picked up her brushes and dedicated herself to painting. Trained in the classical tradition, Karen painted portraits and figurative work before focusing on landscapes. As a member of the California Art Club, Karen's new passion for landscapes bloomed among a group of plein-air painters inspired by the rich tradition in California Impressionism. The club's renowned members include Granville Redmond and Edgar Payne. They, as well as American Masters like John Singer Sargent, James Abbott McNeil Whistler, Winslow Homer and the Hudson River School Artists are influential to Karen.
Like the California Impressionists, Karen feels light is a defining factor, and it is the atmospheric quality of the light that she captures in her paintings. Her work is a desire to convey an emotional response to the landscape and to attain that perfect state of being that sometimes comes from painting it. Now living in Newburyport, Massachusetts, the coastal scenery is providing her with endless inspiration for her marine work, garnering her awards as a Finalist in the International Artist Magazine Competition, Honorable Mention in a recent OPA online showcase, Finalist in January's Bold Brush Competition, Finalist in The Master Category of Art Muse Online Competition and numerous selections as the Favorite Top 15% in the Bold Brush Competitions.
Karen's paintings have been included in exhibitions organized by the Huntington Museum in Pasadena, CA, the Pasadena Historical Society and the California Art Club, solo shows at the Birmingham Community House, the BUC in Bloomfield, MI and the Saline Art Center in Saline, MI.
As a select group of artists invited to join Plein Air Magazine host, Eric Rhoads, for a week in the Adirondack Publisher Invitational - she is a founding member of the Adirondack School of Painters. Memberships include OPA and Signature Membership in The American Society Of Marine Artists.
Recent Invited Events include 2015, "Where In The World Is Plein Air" and The Cultural Center of Cape Cod’s 2015 Special Exhibit by the Region’s Finest Marine Artists.
Her art has been featured in numerous publications including American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur and the upcoming June/July issue of International Artist Magazine, The New York Times and the LA Times.
Karen Blackwood is represented by Susan Powell Fine Art in Madison, Connecticut, Tree’s Place in Orleans, Massachusetts, Haynes Galleries in Thomaston, Maine/Nashville TN and most recently, The Todd Bonita Gallery in Portsmouth, NH.
Blackwood teaches painting workshops across New England.
June 28, 2016
Twelve Pieces by Contemporary Artist
Karen Blackwood (Born 1960)
“Working outdoors has inspired my painting process. I find that being on location creates an understanding of the subject that is difficult to arrive at working in the studio.
Success for me is conveying a sense of time and place in my paintings. I'm inspired by color and contrast, attempting to organize the unlimited variation of nature into a personal statement."