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Karen Tarlton

Arlington, VA

About Karen Tarlton

Arlington, VA

Karen Tarlton was born in 1965 in Riverside, California. During childhood, her family moved frequently, finally settling in beautiful Lake Tahoe. Even as a child, Karen saw beauty in everything and spent many hours drawing and painting the world around her. In high school in 1981, she met her husband and they attended The University of California at Davis, where she took her very first art classes. Karen began her art career after her husband joined the Air Force and they travelled from city to city for 23 years. Traveling greatly influenced her art; she has painted every place they lived.

Although painting is her passion, family is her blessing and joy. Now married for over 24 years with two gifted daughters she takes her family to every artful outing possible. Because “a thing of beauty is a joy forever,” Karen aims to create scenes which reminiscent of a special time or place in your life.

"In every aspect of every painting there are two things that are important to me: The first is the power of expression, style and quality, and the second is that my art needs to make people happy. I also believe the role of an artist - in any medium - is to call attention to subjects and moments that often go unnoticed. When I paint, it is because something has evoked in me a highly personal response that I try to share with others. When people view my paintings, I hope they are encouraged to think and feel with more introspection." – Karen Tarlton

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Other works by Karen Tarlton

Selected Exhibitions

  • City Lights Gallery Exibition
    Las Vegas, Nevada, 2012
  • Minds Wide Open Juried Show
    Arlington, Virginia, 2010
  • Arlington Arts Gallery Juried Show
    Arlington, Virginia, 2009
  • Stonehenge Gallery Duel Exibition
    Montgomery, Alabama, 2008
  • SAC's Gallery Waterfront Exibition
    Montgomery, Alabama, 2008

Press and Accolades

  • Honorable Mention - City Lights Gallery Show
    May 2011
  • Honored as Emerging Artist - Art Business News Magazine
    September 2009
  • Honored as Favorite Artist - Southern Lady Magazine
    February 2009


  • Corcoran School of Fine Art, Continuing Education
    Washington, D.C.,2009 
  • California State University, Teaching Credential
    Sacramento California,1989 
  • University of California, Davis, B.S. Economics
    Davis, Caifornia,1987 

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