About Karen Israel artbykarenisrael.com
Karen is a nationally recognized, award winning artist. Among these many awards and honors Karen is proud to be a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, Master Circle Member of the International Association of Pastel Societies, Signature Member and the President of the Connecticut Pastel Society, Artist Member of the Catharine Lorillaird Wolfe Art Club and Artist Member of the Salmagundi Club, NYC. Karen is teacher and instructing demonstrator for many art organizations including The Wethersfield Academy for the Arts, Farmington Valley Arts Center and the Vermont Pastel Society. She has also served as the Juror for the Art Guild of Middletown, Firehouse Gallery and The Vermont Pastel Society’s Member’s Exhibit.
Karen is an artist deeply concerned with creating interesting concept and dynamic composition. Stylistically she strives for agility and lets the mood and form of the subject matter dictate her approach. These disparate subjects are rendered with a strong appreciation for the rigors of formal design coupled with a fearless array of color choices. Karen has been focusing on pastels for the past decade. Once at her easel, she enjoys many pastel surfaces and regularly considers a comprehensive underpainting to influence her vision. Karen’s favorite time to paint is first light when the morning sun softens the natural world and unfailingly reveals unexpected perspectives. Prior to painting full time, Karen worked as a physical therapist and her passion for teaching is evident in her many demonstrations, workshops and rigorous pastel classes.