My acrylic paintings are representative of different experiences in my life - much like colors of threads that weave together to form my fiber. I paint my experiences, my thoughts and my imagination. I love color and the interplay of lights and darks mixed with a strong emphasis on layers of texture, frequently painting with a knife to convey high energy. I hope others can enjoy the images while feeling compelled to step closer- to study the layering of forms, color combinations and discover patterns. Painting is a medium where I hope the viewers will discover a connection to the visual experience.
Retiring from the Verona Area School District after teaching art in the public schools of Indiana and Wisconsin for 34 years, Karen Watson-Newlin is now focusing on her painting career working in acrylic and mixed media on canvas. Recently, Karen has been experimenting with the use of gold leaf as an underlayer to the paint. She is intrigued with the way light is reflected throughout the day with the metallic layer. Karen has additional experiences with watercolor painting, collage, oil painting, pastel and conté portrait drawing, and fiber art.
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DEMONSTRATION: Viewers will be able to view current works in progress in the studio. Inside the home, new acrylic paintings for the upcoming season will be available, as well as, giclee` prints and notecards. My primary painting months are September to May where I am working in my studio, exploring new ideas, and experimenting with possibilities. Working in a studio setting can be a tad lonely. Therefore, with the Open Studio tour I am excited to share the new works that I have created with visitors. The tour becomes an unveiling to the public where I am anxious to see reactions to the ideas that I have poured months of vision, passion and time.
STUDIO ACCESS: My studio is located in the lower level of my home, looking out on my extensive garden and Koi pond. 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 at that time of year with roses, irises, salvias and peonies in bloom.
Credit Cards are accepted by this artist.