Look on the Bright Side

24" x 36" Acrylic on Gallery-Wrapped Canvas. Award winner at 2014 Grand Rapids Regional Exhibition – Festival of the Arts.

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About Karin Nelson

Karin is a self-taught artist whose art path began in 2009 while working as an Administrative Assistant. In 2010, the demand for her pieces led her to take a courageous plunge: she left her job and began painting full-time. Karin lives in Wyoming, Michigan with her husband of 38 years. They have three grown children, a son-in-law, and two precious granddaughters.

"I'm reckless, dangerous, and in a state of high alert in my approach to every new painting. I've tried safe routes, where I pre-mix colors or sketch thumbnail designs ... but it doesn't work for me. I need a challenge in each painting, even to the point of sabotaging myself if necessary. I seem to set myself up to keep the painting experience rife with tension and conflict. It may be because, as a self-taught artist, the process was always a mystery to me and the outcome something to be discovered and conquered. In any case, it's what exhilarates me, keeps my senses alive, and enables me to share that "something" that resides deep within.
Pure instinct reigns as I pick up the brush and begin the painting. Avoiding photo-realism in favor of embracing the impression of the scene, I teeter between adding hints which portray dimension, and pulling back in order to leave room for the viewer's imagination. It's a tightrope walk; an intense, three-way conversation between the scene, the canvas, and me. The mystery and intrigue of this addicting process is, in itself, as deeply satisfying to me as a resulting successful piece of art.

Most of my paintings are characterized by thick, textural application of paint with palette knives. The bold and unpredictable strokes express my preference for strong, masculine lines, whether it's trees, manmade buildings, or other structures."

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