Moment you knew you wanted to be an artist:  Ever since I can remember I was coloring or drawing.  My first work that I ever made that actually was on public view was in grammar school. I was asked to create large wall hangings for our parish folk masses out of burlap and felt.  I also recall making 12 calder mobiles for the school music room using silhouettes cut from toile and velvet wallpaper.

Karen in peganddick studio2 copy

Schooling:  I took my first art class at Boston College and realized this is what I wanted to study. It wasn’t till 2001 after the 9/11 that I actually went back to Art School, The Museum School of Fine Arts Boston. Here I was able to embrace my creativity, study painting and learn about contemporary artists. After winning some initial competitions and getting gallery representations in 2002 and 2003 I started working full time artist.

Red Jasper

First art show: In 2010,  after my 1st Museum show at The Provincetown Art Association and Museum it was titled “Beyond Surface” a mid career retrospective, and I thought,  wow!!, How did I get here!

September Landing

Most successful year as an artist: I think it was this past year was the most successful show I have ever done. Every painting felt complete. People really responded to the work. I think every show I’m working on is my favorite…

Cappotto,LOWF Grant exhibition PAAM 2012
Overcoming a creative block: I usually look to other artists to get around my creative block. Read interviews  or biographies about artists I personally identify with or admire.  Of course working  always working till something clicks.  Even if its just one mark.   I am very grateful to be able to articulate my life and experience as an artist.  I work till I find something that interests me and I work everyday to stay inspired.

American Birch