Artist Karen Burns

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Hello, from Northern California! California has not always been my home. Michigan is my home state, but, seriously we have landed in a wonderful spot. We are halfway between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe and very near to Napa. We have a small cabin on Donner Lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains where I have a small painting corner so that I can work in the mountains as well as here in my larger studio. So much inspiration!!

My name is Karen Burns. I am a representational painter working from direct observation most often painting everyday objects. I especially enjoy showcasing vintage pieces that have been worn by time and made weary from use. Still Life is what I enjoy most ~ from setting up a composition and choosing the objects all the way through to the final brush strokes and then varnish. The process is very calming for me.

I have not always been a still life painter ~ I was a professional still life photographer for many years. It was rare to see me without a camera in hand, but over time it was replaced with a paintbrush. It was calling to me to do something more with the compositions that were created in the studio. So began the journey of working in oils. It is amazing! Pushing and pulling the paint around until it takes on a life of it’s own, bringing it all together with brushes and palette knives.
Building a good foundation was important to me so I sought out the best classes I could find. I found mentors to work with and asked them for feedback. For the past few years I have been studying with academically trained, award winning artist, Kelli Folsom. I have attended workshops with her at the Scottsdale Artists School, attended immersion workshops in [...]

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