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Karen Merkin

Karen Merkin

Artist Work

Love Is Blue
2016
Oil on board
16 x 20
Yellow Bugatti
2016
Oil on board
16 x 20
Milk And Cookies
2016
Oil on linen
11 x 14
Hot Roddin'
2016
Oil on board
16 x 20
Kensington Volunteers
2016
Oil on board
16 x 20
Tea Party
2016
Oil on board
16 x 20

Artist Information

County
Montgomery County
Phone
301-980-0174
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I am drawn to the colors around me, especially the play of light and shadow on those colors. Painting in a photo-realistic style, the greatest reward comes when my image is thought to be a photograph.

Artist Bio

Having grown up at the New Jersey shore, art was always an important part of my life. As a child I loved copying detailed illustrations in books. My favorite gift was a new box of 64 crayons and a coloring book. I attended University of Maryland, College Park, majoring in elementary education; and received a Masters Degree in special education of the deaf from Temple University, Philadelphia. 

With no formal art training, my husband introduced me to oil painting and I was hooked. When my children were young I started a needlepoint business, selling my original designs on needlepoint canvas. I sold my designs to stores and through a national catalog. For the last several years having more free time, I have started taking weekly art classes and intense weekend workshops to elevate my skills.

To capture details in everyday objects, my paintings are created in a photo-realistic style. Walking on a city street or at a farmers market or at a car show I'll take many photos to recreate a scene that inspired me. I enjoy painting in my home studio every day.

The most challenging subjects to paint are my grandchildren--not only to create a likeness, but to also convey their personalities.  Most recently I've been painting a series of classic cars that have been restored to their original beauty. love to show the reflections of light on the chrome and glass.

My artwork has been exhibited in many local juried shows including Strathmore, Yellow Barn, Kensington, The Art Academy of Easton, Rockville Art League, Garrett Park, and Women's Club of Chevy Chase. I've won many awards in these shows.