Karen Lawrence Biography
I paint every day in my studio at Tula Art Center in Atlanta. That is, when I'm not
out photographing beautiful homes and meeting the people who live in them. I'm
intrigued by how people live and the common thread that connects us with our
past. I love houses with history and rooms filled with beloved treasures.
The elegance of a curved archway, the drama of tall ceilings and open French
doors, the intimacy of an overstuffed chair with a good reading lamp - are all
elements of scenes waiting to be painted. For me, the other essential element is
light. I'm especially excited by the play of bright sunlight streaking across the floor
or warm lamplight drawing one to a comfortable place.
After wrestling with the perspective of a foyer with multiple archways reflected
in mirrors or chair legs that don't want to cooperate with my paintbrush, I relax
with the tranquility of a vase of flowers on a table. I find still life very comforting. I
love the colors reflecting on shiny surfaces and the freshness of garden flowers
backlit by sun pouring in my dining room windows.
My style of painting is a rather loose version of realism. I spent thirteen years
developing my style and technique in watercolors. Since 1997, I have been
painting almost exclusively in oils.
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