acrylic painting

Karen in studioMy acrylic paintings are representative of different experiences in my life - much like colors of threads that weave together to form my fiber. 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 image while feeling compelled to step closer - to study the layering of forms, color combinations, and discover patterns. During my studio tour event, I will be featuring new works created from the fall of 2016 until June 2017. The paintings will include representational works as well as abstracts.

Retiring after teaching art in the public schools of Indiana and Wisconsin for 34 years, I am now focusing on my painting career working in acrylic and mixed media on canvas. Recently, I have been experimenting with the use of gold leaf as an underlayer to the paint. I am intrigued with the way light is reflected throughout the day with the metallic layer. I have additional experiences with watercolor painting, collage, oil painting, pastel and conte portrait drawing, and fiber art.

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  • Jeremiah
  • Untitled
  • Empowered

My husband and I reside in the Town of Middleton, Wisconsin where we tend a National American Hemerocallis Display garden featuring over 600 hybridized daylilies on 1½ acres. The garden was showcased in Chicagoland Gardening magazine in 2011; featured in the July 2012 issue of Better Homes and Garden and is slated for a 2019 national garden tour. The garden is a wonderful resource of inspiration for painting as my studio looks out on the garden.

DEMONSTRATION: Viewers will be able to view current works in progress in the studio.

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.

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