She is bright, articulate, confident, poised and engaging. It’s easy to envision her delivering a spellbinding lecture on a fine point of art, say “Mary Cassatt and the New Woman.” Perhaps she could, given her many facets. But if you’re looking for pretentiousness, you won’t find it.
“I’m a color nerd,” Karen notes offhandedly.
Karen Weber will talk readily and passionately about a five-color palette, about values, about stroke edges, about brands of brushes. She may be an accomplished artist enjoying a steady demand for her work (she has sold over 50 paintings in the last few years!), but she remains an enthusiastic student of her craft with an insatiable appetite to learn and do more.
Her passion for art comes through in her oils. Karen’s bold, Impressionistic style leans toward realism, with an occasional detour to abstraction. She has a way with animals: cows, dogs, chickens, horses. She is frequently commissioned to paint people’s pets, homes and hobbies. Left to her own designs, she can draw inspiration from practically anywhere. A county lane or meadow, a dinghy dock at the marina, a bicycle at the beach. A barn. Volkswagen Beetle. Marbles on a table. Traffic at an intersection.
She is as productive as she is talented, writing a monthly blog, marketing through multiple web-based outlets, and on more than one occasion assigning herself to do a painting a day for 30 days.
Can an artist get excited about that many subjects in that short a time? No problem for Karen.
“I was exposed to the quiet world of the deep woods in my early and teen years,” she explains. “I think that is why I am so drawn to contemplation of ordinary things. It is in the ordinary that I find the extraordinary and explore that in my paintings.”