Piece description from the artist
I work in both pastels and acrylics. Pastels give me the soft, slightly out-of-focus look that I'm so attracted to and acrylics have a brilliance and vibrancy in color that look and feel like oils. Recently I've been using a palette knife to "carve" the paint onto the canvas creating a 2-dimensional effect.
Autumn at the Lake
Autumn is a most beautiful time of the year. While visiting western Mass. I came across a line of red and orange maple trees on fire. I couldn't resist copying Mother Nature's palette. Only pastels give me the dreamy quality I'm always looking for.
Karen Jones started painting over 20 years ago. Her great grandfather emigrated from Germany, and settled in Brooklyn, NY. He was both an illustrator and artist, and was employed as an architect on the design of the Charles Schwab mansion on Riverside Drive in Manhattan. Karen's father was also an artist, practicing "photoengraving":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photoengraving. With her own work, Karen attempts to create a serenity and solitude so difficult to find in today's rapidly changing world.
Karen received her training at both the MFA School and Art Institute in Boston. She is an active member of the Newburyport, Concord and Marblehead Art associations and she has been teaching pastels at the Newburyport Art Association and giving private lessons for several years. Karen's paintings are included in several corporate collections including Fidelity Investments, the Whitehead Institute at MIT, and Boston Edison.