I have done artwork all my life, with periods of silence. Although often painful, silence allows creativity a space to emerge. Our stories allow us to grow to who we are and who we want to become. 
 
I find inspiration in the change of seasons and simple natural images, often observed while commuting on New Jersey roadways, which I record as landscapes of the physical and inner realms. As we, ourselves, are natural systems and embody nature, I paint what I take in of the natural world; what I hold, become or embody – and release. 
 
The painting techniques that I use enable me to work with form and energy to create low light images of the environment without the use of hard lines. My images tap into visual and sensory memory and a universality that extends beyond my own experience. My exploration of space and form, of ambiance and energy, primarily includes use of the sumi ink medium. 
 
Sumi ink has been used in East Asian brush painting and calligraphy since early times. Traditional forms of sumi brush painting are still used in contemporary Zen practice today. The soft black pigment in the ink is plant-based soot. Traditional brush paintings are ink wash paintings executed in a prescribed manner on rice or mulberry paper of various sizes, including large screens and scrolls. A disciplined brush stroke approach is used to define the captured image.
 
I am not bound to this convention. My use of sumi ink is a departure from the classical Eastern brush painting form. I push the medium, while retaining the essential naturalistic subject matter, monochromatic ink wash tonality and minimal expressionist capture of the unseen, of spirit. I use heavy weight cotton watercolor paper that enables me to work with ink/ink washes in cumulative layers – adding, removing, texturizing; using various tools and materials for application and technique.
 
The 12 x 16 inch works are painted using a smooth hot pressed paper, which accepts and responds to the washes and manipulations in a smooth nongranular way. This is opposed to works painted using a pebbly cold pressed paper, which accepts and responds to the water and pigment differently and results in a grainier or more pixilated finish, to use wording associated with photographic images. The paper surface interactively informs the painting process and is informed by it.
 
For me, painting with sumi ink is both satisfying and challenging. I additionally paint with acrylics on canvas and create installations using found objects and natural materials. I have always loved drawing the figure.
 
May the merit of my work be dedicated to peace.
 

New Brunswick Art Salon 2016 Part II Watercolor and Mixed Media Exhibition

 
Training and Influences
My art background includes traditional studies and creative process work.
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Thomas Edison State College, BA, Art Focus
  • Timothy Hawkesworth, Life Drawing
  • Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way
  • Aviva Gold, Painting from the Source
  • Meriel Hoare Gold, Drawn Home
  • Open Studio Life Drawing
  • Gabrielle Roth/ Jonathan Horan, 5 Rhythms Movement Practice
  • Life unfolding
Exhibits / Shows
2016   37th Annual Juried Exhibition, The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ
2015   Ménage a Sept, Gallery 353, Princeton, NJ
     Creative Tension Juried Show, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown,
     NJ Gallery, Juror’s Award
     Trustees Invitational, Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion, Trenton, NJ
     ViewPoints 2015, Studio Montclair and Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art,
     Newark, NJ
     Art All Night Trenton, The Roebling Wire Works, Trenton, NJ
     Solo Exhibition, Ruthie’s Bagel Dish Restaurant, Highland Park, NJ
     Ellarslie Open 32, Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion, Trenton, NJ
     Still Point VII Online Exhibition, Still Point Art Gallery, A Production of Shanti Arts
     36th Annual Juried Exhibition, The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ; Honorable
     Mention
2014   New Brunswick Art Salon, Fall, Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ; 3rd Place in the
     New Brunswick Art Salon Juried Exhibition for Watercolor and Mixed Media Piece
     (April 17th 2015)
     A Fellini Night, Arts Lab Series, Borona Arts Entertainment, New York, NY
     Creative Tension Juried Show, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ Gallery
     The Art of Darkness, Artworks, Trenton, NJ
     Ellarslie Open 31, Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion, Trenton, NJ
2013   Creative Tension Juried Show, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ Gallery
     Artists of Yardley Second Annual Juried Show, Janney House, Yardley, PA
     Ellarslie Open 30, Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion, Trenton, NJ
2012   Juried Exhibition, The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ
     Works on Paper 2012, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ Gallery
     Open Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
     23rd State Juried Exhibition, Ocean County Artists’ Guild, Island Heights, NJ
     XL-XS: Extra Large and Extra Small Formats National JuriedExhibition, Maryland
     Federation of Art, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
     Nature Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
     Artists of Yardley First Annual Juried Show, Janney House, Yardley, PA
     Landscape Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
     All Women Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
     Winter Light, Open Call Series, Gourgaud Gallery, Cranbury, NJ
2011   SeaScapes Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery, 4th Place Winner
     New Hope Art League 2011 Annual Juried Show, Prallsville Mill, Stockton, NJ
     Works on Paper 2011, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ Gallery
     The 29th Ellarslie Open, Trenton City Museum Salon at Artworks,Trenton, NJ
2010   New Hope Art League 2010 Annual Juried Show, Prallsville Mill, Stockton, NJ
     Salon D’Arte, White Lotus, Highland Park, NJ
     Art All Night Trenton, The Roebling Wire Works, Trenton, NJ
     The 28th Ellarslie Open, Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion, Trenton, NJ; 
     Awarded Best in Show -Watercolor President’s Award for Sumi Ink Painting
     Art for Art’s Sake, Gallery 125, Trenton, NJ
     31st Annual Juried Art Exhibition, The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ
     Winter Scenes, Gourgaud Gallery, Cranbury, NJ
2009   Sixth Annual International Juried Exhibition, The Shore Institute of
     Contemporary Art (SICA), Long Branch, NJ
     The Summer Show, Gallery 125, Trenton, NJ
2008   The Fall Show, Gallery 125, Trenton, NJ
     Bodyscapes, Barron Arts Center, Woodbridge, NJ
     The Elegant Eccentric Teapot, Barron Arts Center, Woodbridge, NJ
     The Art of Summer, Gallery 125, Trenton, NJ
     Scenes and Gardens of the Garden State, Menlo Park Mall, Edison, NJ
     Life Lines, A Celebration of Figure Drawing & Life Extensions, Watchung
     Arts Center, Watchung, NJ
 
Karen also displayed at Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Rhinebeck, NY, in association with workshops that she attended.
 
Feel free to visit Karen’s website: www.artistkarenterry.com