Karen Coleman

Colored Pencil, Watercolor, Pen & Ink, Graphite
Franklin Park Arts Center Guest
36441 Blueridge View Lane Purcellville, VA 20132
Loudoun Valley, Stop #23

American Beautyberry - colored pencil & watercolor - 22
American Beautyberry - colored pencil & watercolor - 22" x 27" - 2013

Artist Statement

I have worked with a wide variety of media including colored pencil, watercolor, graphite, pastels, and pen & ink. But, I must confess, colored pencil is my favorite. It allows me a great deal of flexibility and depth of color while producing wonderful visual results. The world of nature astounds me. A single autumn leaf can make my heart leap and have me reaching for the pencils and brushes. I feel very fortunate to live in western Loudoun County, which provides me with many subjects, both plant and animal.

Biography

Karen Coleman has been drawing and painting most of her life, often inspired by nature. Along the way, she fell in love with the world of plants and traditional botanical art. In 2010, Karen earned a Certificate of Botanical Art & Illustration from the Brookside Gardens School in Maryland. Karen is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, Botanical Art Society of the National Capital Region, Botanical Artists for Education and the Environment, and a Signature Member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Her works have been shown in solo and juried group exhibitions throughout the Washington Metro area, across the U.S., and in England. She has received merit awards and awards for excellence from the Colored Pencil Society of America. In addition to private collections, her work is in the permanent collection of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University. Her artwork has been published in several books, including "Colored Pencil Society of America Signature Showcase", "American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid-Atlantic", "The New Colored Pencil: Create Luminous Works with Innovative Materials and Techniques", "The Best of Watercolor: Splash 16, Exploring Textures", and "Strokes of Genius 8.

Bleu de Printemps - colored pencil - 16
Bleu de Printemps - colored pencil - 16" x 19" - 2016
Hope is the Thing with Feathers - colored pencil - 23
Hope is the Thing with Feathers - colored pencil - 23" x 20" - 2014
Caught! (Atlantic Blue Crab) - colored pencil - 23
Caught! (Atlantic Blue Crab) - colored pencil - 23" x 19" - 2012
Nodding Thistle with American Goldfinch - colored pencil - 18
Nodding Thistle with American Goldfinch - colored pencil - 18" x 21" - 2009
Birdfoot Violets - watercolor - 16
Birdfoot Violets - watercolor - 16" x 16" - 2010
Common Persimmon - watercolor - 15
Common Persimmon - watercolor - 15" x 19" - 2007
Japanese Anemone - watercolor & colored pencil - 16
Japanese Anemone - watercolor & colored pencil - 16" x 18" - 2007
Yellow Trout Lily - watercolor & colored pencil - 16.5
Yellow Trout Lily - watercolor & colored pencil - 16.5" x 19" 2010
American Witch Hazel - watercolor - 18
American Witch Hazel - watercolor - 18" x 20" - 2015
Yellow Trout Lily - pen & ink - 16
Yellow Trout Lily - pen & ink - 16" x 17.5" - 2013
Autumn Maple Leaves - pen & ink - 19
Autumn Maple Leaves - pen & ink - 19" x 20.5" - 2011
Common Cattail - ink & white pencil - 12
Common Cattail - ink & white pencil - 12" x 18" - 2016
Sassafras - ink & white pencil - 21
Sassafras - ink & white pencil - 21" x 20" - 2014
Scarlet Oak Leaf - pen & ink - 14
Scarlet Oak Leaf - pen & ink - 14" x 10" - 2012
Flowering Dogwood - graphite - 15
Flowering Dogwood - graphite - 15" x 15" - 2011
Common Mushrooms - graphite - 12
Common Mushrooms - graphite - 12" x 10" - 2006
Bloodroot - graphite - 15
Bloodroot - graphite - 15" x 17" - 2009
Pansies - graphite & ink - 9.5
Pansies - graphite & ink - 9.5" x 10.5" - 2016
Common Persimmons - graphite - 13.5
Common Persimmons - graphite - 13.5" x 15.5" - 2007

Offering on tour: Botanicals and nature art — framed original artworks in a variety of media and unframed, limited-edition fine art reproductions.

Loudoun Valley Stop #23

Visit Karen Coleman at Franklin Park Arts Center
From Business 7, roughly half way between Round Hill and Purcellville, turn south onto Franklin Park Drive to go through the park. At the T intersection, turn right to go up and around the hill. The center is on your left.