Boston area artist, Karen Krieger, has been painting and experimenting with a variety of media and techniques for over twenty years. Karen found her niche with Chinese ink after first working with multidimensional collage and encaustic painting. These latter techniques helped hone her skills to create visual layers of depth through materials and texture. After Karen started to experiment with ink she realized that she had found the ideal medium to help further express the varied patterns and movement found in nature. Karen was drawn to ink's ability to flow naturally and to create depth with subtle layers of shaded ink.
Karen's work is informed by her empirical observations of the natural environment. Over the years she has drawn inspiration from a variety of sources including glaciers, atmosphere, mountains and water. Her interest in the ancient Chinese tradition of shan- shui painting and Taoist philosophy forms the intellectual foundation to her aesthetic vision. Karen takes an intuitive approach to painting and she has found a way to merge contemporary Chinese ink painting with a mix of her own custom made paints, pigments, and mixed media techniques. She specially integrates Chinese xuan paper (rice paper) onto both the face and sides of her stretched canvases resulting in textured dimension to the paintings.
With a sense of quietude and introspection, each painting balances a semblance of traditional Asian painting with a contemporary landscape aesthetic. Karen’s work expresses subtle atmosphere and depth without going too far on the representational continuum. This allows for the viewer to enjoy their own contemplative space.
Karen brings to her a work a background in philosophy, music, and graphic design. She received her B.A. in philosophy and music from Brandeis University (1987), Waltham, MA and later a certificate in graphic design from Massachusetts College of Art (1995), Boston. Karen’s visual training began as a graphic designer and art director before she focused exclusively on her painting. She works out of her studio at Gorse Mill Studios in Needham, MA. Karen's paintings are in private collections in the U.S. and Europe.