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Karen Stead Baigrie

San Anselmo, CA

My work is inspired by the world around me, filtering it through an abstract lens in order to create paintings where materials, form and the process of art making are central to the work. Much of my inspiration lies in the color and forms of the natural world, with concious parallels drawn between inner and outer landscape and experience. My painting has become increasingly abstract, with literal references obscured, as I explore the experience (spiritual, emotional, physical) of particular places and moments in time. There is a mindful, mediative component to my art making process, that becomes a part of the viewer's experience of the paintings.

Born and raised in Cape Town South Africa, I moved to New York City in 1993 in order to be a part of the art and photography that was happening there. After 15 years of painting and working as a photographer in NYC, we moved to Marin County in order to raise our boys in a place where they could see the stars at night, run barefoot and climb trees. The wide open spaces of Marin and the creative people of the Bay Area has served to be a great source of inspiration and energy in my work. We regularly return home to Africa, whose landscape and peoples continue to be a source of inspiration.

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