Karen Lawrence has been painting since 1985, when she was introduced to watercolor in classes at the Atlanta College of Art. In 1990 she left her career in business to pursue art full-time. Karen holds a B.S. in Related Arts and Crafts from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She has studied painting through art classes and workshops from prominent local and nationally recognized teachers over the last 18 years. She spent 4 ½ years working at the Atlanta Artists Club. Currently, Karen can be found painting in her studio in Atlanta.
Karen is known for her mastery of light. Her paintings go far beyond that of rooms and furniture, but create a warm sense of space.
I paint every day in my studio at Tula Art Center in Atlanta. That is, when I'm not out photographing beautiful homes and meeting the people who live in them. I'm intrigued by how people live and the common thread that connects us with our past. I love houses with history and rooms filled with beloved treasures.
The elegance of a curved archway, the drama of tall ceilings and open French doors, the intimacy of an overstuffed chair with a good reading lamp - are all elements of scenes waiting to be painted. For me, the other essential element is light. I'm especially excited by the play of bright sunlight streaking across the floor or warm lamplight drawing one to a comfortable place.
After wrestling with the perspective of a foyer with multiple archways reflected in mirrors or chair legs that don't want to cooperate with my paintbrush, I relax with the tranquility of a vase of flowers on a table. I find still life very comforting. I love the colors reflecting on shiny surfaces and the freshness of garden flowers backlit by sun pouring in my dining room windows.
My style of painting is a rather loose version of realism. I spent thirteen years developing my style and technique in watercolors. Since 1997, I have been painting almost exclusively in oils.