Discovering a delicate balance between earth and sky, realism and abstraction, Karen Keil Brown captures the essence and tranquility of nature with a sense of internal energy. She paints with an intuitive and softly expressive brushstroke, distilling the ever-changing face of the landscape with an ethereal immediacy. Brown creates her paintings in either acrylic or oil paints on canvas, maintaining the meditative freedom and breath of her signature mark and style as she works in either medium.
We spoke with Karen just after her reception at the Asheville Art Gallery last week. Here are a few of her own words, “Asheville is a great city for the arts. I have a studio on Depot St at the River Arts District and my studio is open to the public. I meet people from all over the world visiting Asheville and checking out the art scene. For many years I have wanted to exhibit my work in NYC , but it is a difficult market to break into. Recently, I was approached by AGORA gallery in Chelsea to exhibit my work. They represent 9 of my paintings with an 18 month contract along with an online presence at art-mine.com
Born in New Jersey and raised in North Carolina where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina, Asheville, Brown is also outdoorswoman and nature photographer. She supports the local chapter of Arts for Life, and she has worked with artworks in numerous private and corporate collections and exhibitions nationwide. About being a Leftie, “I am left handed, right brained, like a few other artists: Raphael, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Edvard Munch, Paul Klee but I couldn’t find any famous left handed female painters. My paint strokes often take a similar direction, and I use a lot of arm action as I scrub the paint into large canvases, once in a while I use my right hand to create a different energy and give my muscles in my left arm a break.”
“I stay busy painting supplying art for the Asheville Gallery of Art, Shuptrine Gold Leaf and Design Art Gallery in Chattanooga TN and Agora Gallery in NYC. I always welcome commission work. Currently, I am working on 3 commissioned pieces. .. I enjoy working with my client to help achieve a common artistic vision. I have been painting landscapes for most of my painting career. It’s exciting to explore the outdoors and I continue to be inspired by the environment that surrounds me.
Brown’s show at the Asheville Art Gallery continues until April 1.
Note: Downtown Asheville has 1st Friday art openings thru the year with 28 participating galleries.
The AGORA Gallery will show her work March 28th-April 17, 2014 with an opening reception on April 3rd.