About The Artist
These days of transformation through difficulty have been fertile for me, as an artist. Over the past 2 years, I have spent time in my garden, walking in nature and feeling the discomfort of our common experience. It’s been a deep dive into my creativity. My first response to lockdown was to paint wild, vibrant florals to bring beauty back into a dark world. I have always needed to turn my experience into a visual expression; emotional moments create the need to make visible what is unseen. My newer series is an exploration into my inner world a place where dreams are born, where my history and experience blooms into the person I am in a constant state of becoming. My paintings evolve through a process of chance and intuition. I have a deep love of material, fabric, vintage paper, and paint. I sand, scrape, glue, add and subtract until I feel complete.
Karen Meadows has a rich history in the art world. She was born in Northern California, and raised by an artistic mother who allowed chaos and encouraged art making from a young age. She was surrounded by nature spending hours roaming the hills on her horse. The natural world has been a strong influence in her art making.
Karen received her M.F.A. from California College of the Arts, and upon graduation was accepted into the Lausanne Biennale and her 10¨« x 14¨« fiber wall piece was selected to travel to various museums across Europe.
She was selected as Artist in Residence in San Francisco to make art for public buildings using industrial discards. (SCRAP) In addition to art making, Karen has established herself as a valued educator, creating innovative art programs at Redwood High School. She is passionate about guiding students through the creative process and has written extensively on the subject.
Exhibitions & Press
Sonoma Valley Art Museum
Bay Model, Sausalito
On Your Mark, Ruby Living, Mill Valley
Jen Tough Gallery, Benicia
O’Hanlon Gallery, 4 shows
Gallery Route 1 Point Reyes
Artist in Residence, SCRAP
Marin Art Council, Arts Grant
3-week Residency, Lewiston, New York
Elephant Lake Artists Residency, New Mexico
M.F.A. Calif. College of the Arts
Masters Degree, Fine Arts