Artist Karen Sutton

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Karen E. Sutton is a representational painter whose subject matter includes still life, florals and landscapes.  She cites working directly from life "alla prima" in her studio as the most powerful aids in her growth as a painter.  Use of  the chiaroscuro method in still life allows her to impart a deep emotional quality to her canvasses.  Primarily a still life painter, she also enjoys the challenge of outdoor painting.  It is an amazing aid to still life painting,  as it leads to more stimulating color, value and brushwork from the momentum created under virtually the same time constraints.  More recently, her landscapes reflect the influence of the tonalist/luminist movement.With her mother's encouragement, Karen went on to take all the high school art classes available, and has built an extensive collection of instructional books that have helped as well.  Among her greatest influences has been Vermont painter, Richard Schmid.A favorite quote:  "If you are the kind of painter who must do it or die, you are my kind of painter."  Richard SchmidExhibitions/Awards
Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival 2015 - Awarded Best In Show; 2017 - Award of Excellence; 2019 - Best In Show Award
Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show 2014, 2015, 2016
Arts In The Middle, Urbanna, VA - Honorable Mention (2015)
Virginia Beach Boardwalk Art Show 2014, 2015, 2016
Bethesda Fine Arts Festival - 2015, 2016
Stockley Gardens Art Festival -  Best In Show (Spring 2014); Second Place (Fall 2014); Award of Merit (Spring 2018)
FineArtViews Painting Competition - 2010 & 2011: "Favorite 15%" Category; Favorite 15% August 2018An Occasion For The Arts, Williamsburg, VA - 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016Westport Fine Arts Festival, Westport, CT - 2010, 2011, 2013Glastonbury On The Green Fine Art & Craft Show 2009, 2013 - Third Place in OilsCharles H. Taylor Cultural Arts 2008 Small Works: "People's Choice" AwardStockley Gardens Spring/Fall Arts Festivals  2008 thru [...]

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