Primarily a water media artist, Karen Knutson is constantly changing and growing as an artist. Her inquisitive nature has served her well in her career, and made her a better artist. By asking “Why did that happen?”, she doesn’t rely on “happy accidents," but instead makes them happen on purpose. Karen attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and currently lives in Minneapolis, MN. She thoroughly loves teaching watercolor and collage, and teaches workshops nationwide. Her workshops are filled with techniques to make painting fun and easy. She believes that painting should be fun, but also teaches a strong sense of design. Karen is a Signature Member of Transparent Watercolor Society of America (formerly known as Midwest Watercolor Society), San Diego Watercolor Society, Red River Watercolor Society, Minnesota Watercolor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society, Montana Watercolor Society, Northern Plains Watercolor Society, Northstar Water media Society, and has had many paintings accepted into other national shows. She has won many awards, both locally and nationally. Her paintings are featured in Splash 6, Watercolor, Fun and Free, Searching for the Artist Within, Watercolor - The Spirit of Spontaneity, Watercolor without Boundaries, Artistic Touch 4, and the magazine, Watercolor Magic (Aug.’04). Most recently, Karen was included as one of ten artists in the “Ones to Watch” article in the December issue of Watercolor Artist Magazine!
Artist Statement: I paint watercolors because I love the freedom that the paint has on the paper. I like watercolor for its free and wild qualities, forcing the artist to adjust to its many moods. For the past few years, I’ve enjoyed adding collage and acrylic to my paintings, because I love the textures and the color discoveries created by these two mediums. My paintings are starting to be more abstract with usually something that is recognizable in the painting. I used to be drawn to paintings for their colors, but now I’m drawn to paintings with dynamic design. First and foremost, I like to have fun while I paint, and I’m constantly trying out new things, so that I will grow as an artist. I feel like the luckiest person alive to be able to do something that I love so much!