” I was born in Dublin Ireland and moved to Germany in 2001.
While living in Dublin I was working in restaurants as a chef. Left Dublin and moved to Holland for love! Ten years later moved to Munich.
I was a stay at home mum and raised four daughters and during that time I would paint whenever I had the time. Mostly oil painting and sketching.
I have been a creative person most of my life but only since 2005 have I been able to dedicate more time to my art. My first paintings were created with oils on canvas and I experimented with many techniques.
Now I have turned my attention to acrylic paints and the technique of fluid art. The chemical reaction of the paints together with the movement produces unique and beautiful patterns. A number of different techniques are used when creating my art. Dipping, flip cup, dirty pour, and puddle pour. All the paints are mixed with pouring medium and water and a few drops of silicone are added to bring cells to the paint.
I am inspired by the natural colors of landscapes, sunsets and sunrises. I live close to a forest and I get ideas and inspiration while out walking my two dogs every day.
I live with two of my four children, Iris and Kerstin, my husband Markus and two fur babies Daisy and Mopsy.”
Can you tell us a little about how you got to where you are now?
Karen: After raising four daughters I started painting again about 6 years ago. Before that I painted with oils with Van Gogh being my inspiration. I discovered Fluid Art by chance and totally fell in love with it. It was mesmerizing, the mixing of the paint would create amazing patterns and designs, each time a different outcome with the same colors. I spent about a year learning this technique, watching every artist online, experimenting and spending a small fortune on paint and supplies! The more I painted the more I knew this was a serious path I wanted to take. Today, I couldn’t dream of a life without art.
What is the most challenging part about working with acrylics?
Karen: I mix my paint with a pouring medium so that makes the paint very smooth, more fluid and very easy to work with. Sometimes though when the paint is too thick it dries too quickly and the paint begins to crack.
What is your creative process like?
Karen: I don’t have a creative process as such. When I go into my atelier, I usually have a color combination in mind, a particular style of fluid painting I want to do. I put music on and start mixing my paint. The preparation process is time-consuming but very calming and relaxing.
Do you do anything in particular to seal your art?
Karen: All of my paintings are sealed with a UV protective gloss varnish. This stops the colors from fading and gives the painting a subtle shine.
How has your style changed over the years?
Karen: I think the biggest change has been my selection of colors. In the beginning, I used a lot of cooler colors simply because I like them! But now I have begun to experiment more and use warmer tones. Also now painting on larger canvases as before I worked on smaller ones.
What are you working on currently?
Karen: I have just finished two paintings for my “Northern Lights” collection.
Where do you “find” your ideas?
Karen: While out walking my dogs, I take lots of photos of nature. A sunset would inspire my color choice, a pattern on a tree bark would give me ideas for the type of fluid art to make. Other times, if inspiration is low, I let the paint take me on a journey, I give up control and see where it takes me. Some of my favorite paintings have been created this way!!
How do you come up with titles?
Karen: I look at the painting and the name usually jumps out at me. If I am struggling to find a name, I ask my kids for ideas!
How do you come up with a profitable pricing structure for your acrylic pieces?
Karen: It’s usually based on the size of the canvas. If it’s embellished with gold leaf or stones, then it’s a little more expensive.
Do you have any words of advice for new artists?
Karen: Just stick with it! Don’t compare yourself to other artists as this can be detrimental to your self-esteem. Try and find your style of painting and don’t try to be like other artists…….be yourself!
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