Artist Karen Stanley

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Karen Stanley was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, but has since lived in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Kansas, and now, Indiana.  While she loves the Midwest, she loves to travel and has also been inspired by the beauty and scenery found in many other regions of the U.S. and the world.
Her love of art was initially inspired by her father’s sketching and wood carving.  Her initial exposure to painting was in the medium of watercolor, but she has focused on oil as a medium since 2010.  While working in her careers in higher education and in marketing/marketing research, she studied art over the years through various classes, workshops and books.  Artists with whom she has studied include:  Pat Weaver, Randall Sexton, Debra Huse, Kim Casebeer, Mark Boedges, Lori Putnam, Mary Ann Davis, Pam Newell, Troy Kilgore, Patrick Saunders and Anne Blair Brown.  “From each of them I have learned valuable lessons.”  She has also found a wonderful community of plein air painters in Indiana who are fun to paint with and who are generous with their experience and insights.  “Since I retired in early 2012, I’ve been fortunate to turn my late-in-life goal of being a professional artist "when I grow up" into reality.  
She is an impressionist painter focusing on landscapes, still-life, and animals.   Working in oils and watercolors, she strives for a loose, painterly style.  “My goal is to capture the spirit, color and light of a given scene or subject matter that drew me to it in the first place.  Art to me is a way of seeing, recognizing and capturing the beauty of magical moments to be found in both the ordinary and the extraordinary.”

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