I began painting when I was an attorney engaged in international development finance and then expanded my painting when I became general counsel of a cabinet agency in North Carolina. I felt the need to balance the left side of my brain with the joy I felt engaging in this right brain activity. Since leaving my law practice, I have had much more time to devote to my painting. During my years living and working abroad, I spent time observing and trying to understand the unique expressions of people’s lives in their environments. This resulted in a number of paintings depicting people in activity that is meaningful to them, capturing universal emotions – joy, wonder, dedication, defiance. I also paint landscapes, still life paintings, and animals in their habitats. My goal is to create compelling compositions, patterns, light and color congruence, with an image that draws the eye because of artistic harmony, but that provokes thought and emotion.
Art studies include Studio Incamminati with Lea Wright, Stephen Early, Natalie Italiano, Leona Shanks, JaFang Lu and Robin Frey; The Frank Covino Academy of Art; Smithsonian Institute (Trinka Margua Simon); Washington Studio School; Sadie Valeri; Juliette Aristedes; Mark Carder; Dominic Vignola; Timothy Tyler; James Sulkowski; Dan Nelson; Paul McCormick and others; and a great deal of time spent in museums around the world. I have exhibited work in juried and non-juried venues. I am currently a member of the Artist Studios at Fearrington Village. My work can be seen at the Pittsboro Gallery of Arts.
About Karen West
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