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Rancher and Artist
knows her ranch animals especially horses. Whether they are in full run, walking in water
or grazing they are surreal on canvas.
Reach out and touch them because she captures the personality. The paintings touch your heart!
Pam Eggemeyer, Spirits in the Wind Gallery Director/Owner
Karen drew with pencils from early childhood, always of her passion, horses, until adulthood when she became a commercial photographer and, later, a graphic designer. It wasn’t until she was in her late ’40’s that she tried oil painting and immediately fell in love with the medium. At the time, she lived in Abiquiu, New Mexico where she had a gallery/gift shop where she sold award winning deerskin clothing and an occasional drawing. There, she met and was inspired and encouraged by a number of fine artists, and thus began a new career, one that she finds supremely fulfilling and, frankly, fun. “In Colorado I found myself plunked down amongst ranches that are still run in pretty traditional ways. They have to be, because of the terrain. Thanks to some cowgirls who allowed me along on their range riding, I learned what I needed to do to stay out of the way and keep up while they did their cow work. Meanwhile, in training my own horses to negotiate mountain terrain, stand still while I photograph, and pitch in where needed, I have experienced the uniquely close bond that cowboys have with their dogs and horses. Now, I am grateful to say that I ride with a number of ranch people while they’re working. It is an honor to be invited, and I am thankful because the cowboy life, with all its traditions, are what I am passionate to portray, and a painter must experience and observe it to understand it. Cowboying is probably the ultimate in outdoor jobs and, with all the beauty there are also wrecks and havoc, the worst of what weather has to offer, and fantastic tales of survival-by-a-hair.”
1211 Washington Ave., Golden, CO 80401 www.spiritsinthewindgallery.com 303-279-1192