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Karen Merkin

Karen Merkin

Artist Work

Tea Party
2016
Oil on board
16 x 20
Love Is Blue
2016
Oil on board
16 x 20
Hot Roddin'
2016
Oil on board
16 x 20
Kensington Volunteers
2016
Oil on board
16 x 20
Among Friends
2018
Oil on board
12” x 24”
GoldenROD
2018
Oil on board
12” x 24”

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

Art was always an important part of my life while growing up at the New Jersey shore. 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.

My favorite subjects to paint are classic cars that have been restored to their original beauty. I love to create “Car Portraits” that show the reflections of light on the chrome and glass.

My artwork has been juried into art exhibitions both locally and nationally, winning many awards. I am affiliated with The Artists Gallery in Chestertown, The Backdoor Gallery in Fredericksburg, and The Fire House Gallery in Berryville.