About the Artist


Karen received a BFA in Communication Arts/Film & Video production from the New York Institute of Technology. She continued with classes in drawing, botanical illustration, and painting at the Woodstock School of Art, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Cape School of Art. Her work has been carried in major retail (Bed, Bath, & Beyond) and currently through Etsy.com (The Painted Life Studio).  Other features and exhibits include:

Coastal Life Homes, publication feature 2019

Bed, Bath, & Beyond Exclusive Artist Program, 2019-2020

2018 CAGO All Abstraction

Fusion Art, 3rd Place, Traditional Media category 2nd annual "Skies" competition

Historic Albany Foundation, "Built"

Thacher Nature Center Annual Exhibit

Saratoga Arts 10x10

Just Add Water 2020, KACNY

"Blue 2021" Colors of Humanity Gallery

"Trees and Fields" Honorable Mention, Art Room Gallery

Member, Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs, NY

Woodstock School of Art, Showcase Exhibition I



Artist's Statement

 My work in watercolor began as a language taught to me by my mom, an artist who had been classically trained in Italy and the Art Students League in New York. With that as a foundation, I use watercolor as a kind of calligraphy to capture and convey light as it drapes over the landscape and still life subjects that I'm drawn to. Transposing that light is, for me, an evolving process, inspired by the work of artists like William Merritt Chase, Winslow Homer, and Charles Hawthorne, among others. I remain focused on the discipline of seeing and discerning the color of light more accurately, as I remain open to interpreting the interaction of color in the environment and on the canvas and paper. 

Contact:  KarenSchmidtStudio@gmail.com

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