Featured Artist: Karen Bishop
The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse and Arts on the Ave is excited to feature an acrylic mixed media gallery for the month of May! The gallery features the works of artist Karen Bishop who uses water colour to create beautiful images of the natural environment.
My work is not intended to be a faithful reproduction of the landscape before me. Instead I paint by feel. The paintings that evoke the most emotion are those completed on location where I am able to allow my surroundings and the weather to dictate how I proceed. I try not to worry about the ending, rather I let the painting unfold and track its own course across my paper.
For me painting allows that perfect quiet, where I am peaceful and at peace with myself, and my surroundings. It’s an escape from the everyday, a chance to experience the earth more fully, a chance to breathe and know that all is well.
To put it simply, I paint because it makes me happy. My hope is that the viewer can find a similar joy and peace in my work.
I was born in Cheltenham, England, in 1968 and moved to Kingston, Ontario, in the winter of 1992. When I first arrived in Canada I was unable to work while I waited for my papers, so I made use of the time by enrolling in some art classes which I enjoyed very much. In 2002 I graduated from the University of Alberta’s Extension centre with a Fine Arts certificate. Since 2007 I have been pursuing my art full time and in May of 2011 I opened The Daffodil Gallery in the heart of Edmonton’s Gallery district which sadly closed early 2016.