Piece description from the artist
I enjoy working with pastels because of their unique ability to create soft, dreamy images; and acrylics for their saturation and brilliance that can create the darkest of shadows and the lightest of highlights -the blue or yellow of the sky, the terra cotta and burnt sienna of the ground and turquoise in dark shadows is a combination that I’m very drawn to for the vibrancy of color and strong emotive light.
I am always attracted to architectural shapes in gardens. This one was taken in Kew Gardens outside London, an enormous park. this a very small piece that caught my eye because of the roundness and soft colors of the shrub and hard lines and dark contrast color of the pot.
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.
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