Karen Woodin, is an award winning landscape plein air artist from Upstate NY. She graduated with a BS in Education with a minor in Fine Arts from Russell Sage College. As a highly proficient artist/educator, Karen regularly provides online or in-person workshops/demonstrations for the Capital Region. Her latest works are now on exhibit at Blooming Artist Gallery. Karen considers this a perfect place to work, teach, and exhibit. Karen's paintings often capture a sense of place and moment in time through the effective communication of color, texture, and composition with a delicate handling of details and water reflection.
As a painter, I embrace a strong calling to paint our natural life-like surroundings. It may mean taking a simple walk down a trail to a riverside near my home on the Mohawk or a new trail to a waterfall somewhere in the Catskills. Even though the area may be unfamiliar, I quickly gain a strong connection and sense of place. I often find the abundant sights and sounds a haven with so much to give. It is there that creativity begins to flow. I respond by letting my art become like a bird song with a heartfelt message of what mother nature has created before us.
In a way, each painting is a special spiritual journey which begins with a few sketches or drawings to develop the composition The source of water is often my compelling theme. I often find the narrative of color and contrast is carefully orchestrated and balanced during all phases of the painting process.
In summary, the whole painting experience is gratifying as long as I keenly follow one key principle - to never lose sight of the light source. It is my guide no matter what season. My ultimate aim is to convey in the purest sense, what is sacred, revered, and authentic.