acrylic painting

Karen in her studioLandscapes, flora, abstracts - the cohesive thread throughout my acrylic paintings on canvas is a love of nature. My figurative paintings frequently have an impressionist quality with organic shapes and splashes of color as I interpret my experiences, travels, and my imagination. I typically begin a new work with broad gestures of paint that are often applied with a palette knife. I love texture and the knife application adds to that element. Fine details in the composition are added with brushwork. Focus on the eye movement in the composition is important to me. As I build layer upon layer, I hope the viewers will feel compelled to discover a visual connection to the forms, colors and discovery of repetitive patterns.

Light is a key component in my work and I have been working with an under layer of gold leaf in many of my paintings for a few years. I am intrigued with the way the light is reflected throughout the day with the metallic layer.

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  • Color Play
  • Autumn Air
  • Fall_Fascination


My husband and I reside in the Town of Middleton, Wisconsin where we tend a National Hemerocallis Display garden. My backyard and our pond have been the source of inspiration for many of my paintings, as well as, Dane County parks and gardens.

I participate in about 10-12 shows each year, ranging from art fairs, group shows and solo exhibitions. Since retiring from teaching art in 2011, painting is my fulltime occupation. Currently, represented by Woodland Gallery in Stoughton, WI, I have work in corporate and private collections in the United States and abroad, including American Girl, Asperius Hospital, Epic Systems Corporation, Northwestern Mutual Insurance, Sauk Prairie Healthcare Clinic and others.

DEMONSTRATION: In the studio, I will have paintings in various stages of completion that I will be working on throughout the tour weekend. Numerous new works will be featured in a gallery setup.

I will have several paintings on display and be working on them at various stages throughout the tour weekend.

STUDIO ACCESS: Visitors will enter the studio by the outside garden steps at the end of the driveway and through the patio entrance. The gardens may also be viewed and open for touring with roses, irises, salvias and peonies in bloom. In the studio, works in progress will be visible showing various stages of acrylic painting. This year a dedicated gallery room will feature new paintings. Prints and cards will also be available. Refreshments served. 

Credit Cards are accepted by this artist.

7699 Almor Drive, Verona, WI 53593 | 608-827-6180
kwatsonnewlin@tds.net | karenwatsonnewlin.com