Artist Karen Stombaugh

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Artist's Statement:

My inspiration is nature's kaleidoscope: where fleeting color, sound, changing light, and movement of the earth, sky, clouds, creatures,  rocks, trees, plants, and water symbolize the dynamic dance of life: renewal and submission, mystery and transformation. I aspire to capture those unexpected miracle moments of mood, beauty, awe, and delight that the natural landscape bequeaths. An avid gardener, it is not surprising that much of my subject matter comes from my own gardens, both here at my Deephaven Gallery/studio and a farm studio in S.W. Minnesota. Frequent hiking explorations provide an additional wellspring for the imagination. My pastel paintings reflect a love for the land.
Soft pastels yield the widest possibilities for me; from manipulating their brilliant and more subtle colors to an infinite variety of textures, smooth and blended to a multiple layering of strokes, and under-painting techniques. I generally start with plein air sketches and studies. Later, I translate these into larger and finished paintings in the studio.
Artist's Profile:
Serious about art-making all her life, Karen grew up on a farm in S.W. Minnesota. She has a BFA in studio arts from the University of Minnesota. She began working on a professional basis, after retiring from a full career in critical care nursing.  A highlight on her artist's journey was a move to her Deephaven property, complete with a separate carriage house studio that overlooks her gardens. During the past few years, she has been privileged to take workshops from many nationally known "master" pastelists. She was membership chair of the Lake Country Pastel Society from 2011-2016. She has been juried into the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit a number of times and recently received awards from Arts in Harmony International Exhibit in Elk River, the Pastel Society of America, and Lake Country [...]

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