"I realized I didn't want to compose pictures. I wanted to find them." Ellsworth Kelly
Kari is a Colorado artist inspired by everything...the mundane, the extraordinary, the personal, the broadly public. Color, light and texture inform my work along with a “no fears” approach.
In abstraction, I have found a path to expressing my inner self as well as my world view. Painting has been the most freeing, the most challenging and the most peace inducing experience of my life.
I like to say I am a recovering academic. Painting, particularly abstraction and the use of cold wax techniques, is a way to break bonds, to move away from the rigidity of academia. Yes, there are rules in painting but they are meant to be bent and broken as needed.
The process of using cold wax with oils is particularly satisfying in that the oil paint dries more quickly than normal and the waxy surface can be scratched, gouged, patterned, pressed and stained layer after layer. This adds incredible depth and texture to any painting and, as a consequence, enhances the visual experience