Artist Karen Despot

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Karen has shown excellence in a range of creative arts since winning local and state awards all four years of high school in two dimensional and jewelry design. She graduated at the top of her class and went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from the University of Akron (OH) in 1980 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. She worked at several advertising agencies in Akron while attending University. While there, she won awards for her designs from Akron and Ohio advertising organizations.1980-1988 worked as the Art Director/Creative Director in Tampa and St. Petersburg FL ad agencies before moving to the Research Triangle Park area of NC where she worked for various advertising agencies.In 1985 Karen started her own company, "Uniquely Yours, Karen Despot", through which she became a freelance artist and a wedding/evening gown couturier. In 1990 she moved to Martinsville, VA and added mural and commercial decorative furniture painting to her services. She continued to develop additional expertise in doll making, portrait painting, seamstress, fiber art, and painting services. She became a licensed k-12 art teacher, teaching middle school art from 2001-2005. In 2005 she opened de Spot LLC, a gallery, to promote local, regional, and national artists while bringing more recognition to her artworks. She closed the physical location of de Spot in January 2011 to concentrate on her own work while at the same time teaching classes and workshops. 
She worked out of the Artisan Center through 2015 when she opened de Spot School of Art in Martinsville. This continued her dream of opening the arts to all who desire to create. Karen now works out of her home creating her own portfolio, working on commissions and teaching classes and private lessons through various organizations. 
She has illustrated two children's book, "That's My Hope", written by Lil Ingram [...]

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