Karen Blackwood View Artist's Bio

Karen Blackwood was born in N.H. and received her BA in the Studio Art program at the University of N.H. with continued studies at the Art Students League of N.Y. and the Institute of Art in CA. After spending the earlier part of her professional life as an Art Director for a major New York City Ad Agency, she moved to California, picked up her brushes and dedicated herself to painting. Trained in the classical tradition, Karen painted portraits and figurative work before focusing on landscapes. As a member of the California Art Club, Karen's new passion for landscapes bloomed among a group of plein-air painters inspired by the rich tradition in California Impressionism. The clubs renowned members include Granville Redmond and Edgar Payne. They, as well as American Masters like John Singer Sargent, James Abbott McNeil Whistler, Winslow Homer and the Hudson River School Artists are influential to Karen. Her paintings have been included in exhibitions organized by the the Cultural Center of Cape Cod for the Special Exhibit of the Region’s Finest Marine Artists, Huntington Museum in Pasadena, CA, the Pasadena Historical Society and the California Art Club.  Her work will be included in the upcoming 17th Annual Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artist touring 6 museums from June 2016 through January 2018.

Now living in Newburyport, Massachusetts, coastal scenery is providing her with endless inspiration for her Marine work which is garnering her awards of Finalist in the International Artist Magazine Competition, Finalist in the January Bold Brush Competition, Finalist in the Master Category of Art Muse Online Competition, Honorable Mention in an OPA online Salon Showcase Competition as well as selections as the Favorite Top 15% in Bold Brush Competitions.

Karen’s work has been featured in numerous publications including American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine-(Artists Making Their Mark ), APVM-(Artists To Watch), International Artist Magazine, The New York Times, The LA Times and The OPA Online Newsletter. 

Karen is a Signature Member of The American Society of Marine Artists, ASMA and a member of Oil Painters of America, OPA.


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