Karen Smith is an artist residing in Westminster, Colorado.
I am a contemporary landscape painter. I work playfully in a variety of mediums, most often oil paint. I am inspired by the magical Rocky Mountains where I live.
In December 2018 I began a series of Winter Pond paintings. There is a pond near my home where I go for a daily walk with our dog and it unfolds before me in a unique way each time I see it. I'm thirty paintings into the series so far and feel I've barely scratched the surface. I've shown a selection here.
A two Artist Show with Laurent Tschumy
January - February, 2019
Boulder Shambhala Center
14th & Spruce, Boulder CO
About the Artist
I grew up in Northern Virginia and loved to draw and paint from early childhood. I studied graphic design at the Corcoran College of Art and Design (BFA) in Washington, DC and Weiterbildung für Grafik at the Kuntsgewerberschule in Basel, Switzerland. I worked professionally as a graphic designer and art director before going to Basel for graduate school. After grad school I stayed and worked professionally as a creative director and project manager for a boutique design studio in Zug, Switzerland and then had the amazing opportunity to travel extensively in India.
I'm so thankful for many excellent art teachers including Wolgang Weingart, Peter Olpe, Jordan Wolfson, Mark Daniel Nelson. I'm also deeply grateful to Garchen Rinpoche.
My husband Laurent Tschumy and I moved to Colorado from Switzerland in 2005 and we love the Rocky Mountains and the rich, ever-changing landscape. Laurent is also an artist and we are both students of art history. We live in Westminster with our sweet giant dog and blind kitty.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about my painting practice.