Karen Smith-Tschumy

Statement and Biography

Karen Smith is an artist residing in Thornton, Colorado.




I am a contemporary still life and landscape painter. I work playfully in a variety of mediums, most often oil paint. I am inspired by the magestic mountains where we live.




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 had the precious opportunity to study meditation and volunteer in the Indian Himalayas. My mindfullness practice deeply informs my painting. 


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 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. 


Thank you for taking the time to learn about my painting practice.




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