Karen Stern

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Karen Stern

Karen Stern

Drawing, Oil & Watercolor Painting & Printmaking

Location @ AOS:

Arlington Community Center (27 Maple St), 1st Floor

As an often abstract artist, I've always been drawn to colors, shapes, organic forms and the way they interact with each other to command attention. I create both large and small works, ranging in size from 4x6 inch watercolors and drawings to 3x4 foot oil paintings, with works at many sizes in between. I view my work as comprised of simple, alluring, easily accessible, basic forms. These works are inviting and asking viewers to stay and explore them for as long as they would like—asking them to have their own moment in the art.

As an artist who primarily works as a "series artist," I find that each piece feeds others, and my works grow organically into collections of work that can stand on their own, or be shown together. You will find commonalities in my style throughout my paintings, drawings, and prints, as they are all windows into how I see, interact with, or make sense of the world around me. I strive to find a synergy within each series that unifies it as a cohesive body of work. I often find that solutions to questions I’ve been struggling with reveal themselves to me as I push myself to continue through the work.

As I've evolved professionally, I have found myself interested in a variety of media from oil painting, my original love, to watercolors, ink drawing, printmaking and scratch art. Each media warrants its own variations in style and detail, and each can feed new directions in other media as well. I love taking on new challenges and stretching myself as an artist in new ways. I will be showing paintings, prints and drawings.