Karen Blackwood- Kissing the Sun, Oil, 24 x 36 inches

Karen Blackwood

Karen Blackwood was born in N.H. and received her BA in the Studio Art program at the University of N.H. studying under Conley Harris and Sigmund Abeles, with continued studies at the  Art Students League in N.Y. and the Institute of Art in CA. After spending the earlier part of her professional life as an Art Director for a major New York City ad Agency, she moved to California, picked up her brushes and dedicated herself to painting.

Trained in the classical tradition, Karen painted portraits and figurative work before focusing on landscapes. Karen feels light is a defining factor, and it is the atmospheric quality of the light that she captures in her paintings. Her work is a desire to paint what inspires her and to capture the very essence of the scene. Now living in Newburyport, Massachusetts, the coastal scenery is providing her with endless inspiration for her marine work, garnering her a multitude of awards including two recent awards of First Place in the Spring OPA online showcase and The Seascape Award of Excellence in the 28th National Juried Oil Painters of America Exhibition in St. George Utah.

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Karen’s paintings have been included in exhibitions organized by the Marine Art Society where she is a signature member touring 6 museums Nation wide, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod’s Special Exhibit showcasing the Regions Finest Marine Artists, the Huntington Museum in Pasadena, CA, the Pasadena Historical Society and the California Art Club, solo shows at the Todd Bonita Gallery in Portsmouth, NH, the Birmingham Community House,  the BUC in Bloomfield, MI and the Saline Art Center in Saline, MI.  As a select group of artists invited to join Plein Air Magazine host, Eric Rhoads,  for a week in the Adirondack Publisher Invitational – she is a founding member of the Adirondack School of Painters. Memberships include OPA and Signature Member of The  American Society Of Marine Artists. Her paintings and articles about her work can be found in numerous publications including International Artist, Fine Art Connoisseur and American Art Collector. She teaches workshops across the US and in Europe.

Karen’s paintings have been included in exhibitions organized by the Huntington Museum in Pasadena, CA, the Pasadena Historical Society and the California Art Club, solo shows at the Birmingham Community House,  the BUC in Bloomfield, MI and the Saline Art Center in Saline, MI.  <p>As a select group of artists invited to join Plein Air Magazine host, Eric Rhoads,  for a week in the Adirondack Publisher Invitational – she is a founding member of the Adirondack School of Painters. Memberships include OPA and The American Society Of Marine Artists.