Karen Adams welcomes return to artistic roots for Jubilee
Bishop’s Stortford artist Karen Adams returned to her roots for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee as she was asked to take part in Manuden celebrations.
Although now living in Thorley Park, the internationally renowned painter grew up in the village of Essex from the age of 7 and regularly visits her parents who still live there.
Karen, 54, said it was a great honor to showcase her contemporary works alongside those of other talented locals, including her mother Doreen, 78, who is also an artist, and said the concept mother-daughter was “quite unusual in art”. world”.
It was also a particularly proud moment to return to the community center in Manuden, where one of his plays, titled Inheritance, on the wall. “A few years ago I was commissioned to do a large painting which now hangs in the centre’s entrance hall, which I am extremely proud of,” she said.
“It was nice to be invited by the organizers of the Manuden Platinum Jubilee Picnic to take part in this great historic event and nice to be back to see family, friends, people I grew up with and be part of the community there.”
Karen presented limited edition satin photo prints, which were also on sale, all mounted in triplicate. One of his favourites, Toad Hall Toad, sold to a Manuden customer. Doreen’s work is also done as prints mounted on satin, but in a totally different style from her daughter’s.
“I’m happy to say that a lot of interest and compliments were received throughout the afternoon,” added Karen, who has been an artist for 17 years and works from her home studio.
In 2020, her art inspired florists around the world in a global competition to recreate her paintings in flower arrangements.
Having trained as a graphic designer, it wasn’t until Karen reached her mid-thirties that she decided to change careers.
“I decided the time was right to make my dreams come true. I enrolled at the Regent Academy of Fine Arts in London, where I qualified first in interior design and then in decorative painting techniques.
“The combined knowledge and experience gained from these courses inspired me to explore a new concept in contemporary painting that has since become my signature style.”
Karen has participated in various events, winning the “abstract or experimental art” prize at the SAA (Society for All Artists) international competition. The following year, one of his abstracts was shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
“In the years since, my reputation for creating highly tactile, multi-layered, 3D effect abstract and figurative paintings has become well established and my work is now highly sought after,” she said.
“Several prestigious art galleries continue to exhibit my work and I am delighted to say that through public sales and private commissions, many of my paintings now grace the walls of homes as far away as New Zealand, the United States, Bermuda and Europe. Nothing gives greater pleasure.”
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