Karen Oliver

Collage, Drawing
Guest at Monkeytown Pottery
20603 Airmont Road Bluemont, VA 20135
Snickers Gap, Stop #30

"Chillin", collage, 11" x 13" framed, 2014

Artist Statement

From an early age, I was influenced, by many art forms, and have always enjoyed drawing. Being very detail oriented, helps me create colorful tableaus and landscapes rich in texture. As an artist I share the beauty and grace I see in nature or in ordinary life.

I seldom depict grand, iconic subjects, preferring the chance beauty of the everyday. Representation, but not necessarily realism, prevails in my work. I make collages in a painterly style using various types of papers, including exotic handmade papers, colored tissue, magazine and newspaper scraps and flattened wasp nests. All my collages are finished with several layers of matte media for protection, and some are also under glass.


Karen studied drawing with Charlotte Turner and Randy Michener at NVCC and went on to teach beginning drawing classes for the Office of Continuing Education, NVCC, at the Manassas and Woodbridge campuses from the mid 1990s through 2002. Her work has been shown in numerous shows in northern Virginia, including Oatlands, Burwell-Morgan Mill, the Piedmont Regional Art Show (formerly the Plains Neighborhood Art Show), Friends of Bluemont Art Show, and recently at the Whipped Cream & Other Delights show at the Dairy Barn Gallery. She has won several awards and the Oatlands National Historic Site has one of her pieces on permanent display in the Carriage House. She has been a member of Arts in the Village Gallery since its opening in September 2012.

"Hot", collage, 12" x 15" framed, 2014
Promise, collage, 11
Promise, collage, 11" x 13" framed, 2014
Hostas, collage, 11
Hostas, collage, 11" x 13" framed, 2015
Copper Pitcher, Pink Tulips, Green Bird, collage, 14
Copper Pitcher, Pink Tulips, Green Bird, collage, 14" x 16" framed, 2015
Flower Child Forever, collage, 11
Flower Child Forever, collage, 11" x 12" framed, 2014
Clean Sheets, collage, 12
Clean Sheets, collage, 12" x 16", 2012
Carolina Chickadee, collage, 5
Carolina Chickadee, collage, 5" x 5" framed, 2014
Dark-eyed Junco, collage, 5
Dark-eyed Junco, collage, 5" x 5" framed, 2015
Snowy Neighborhood, collage, 12
Snowy Neighborhood, collage, 12" x 16" framed, 2016
Silver and Gold, collage, 10
Silver and Gold, collage, 10" x 10" framed, 2016
Into the Garden, collage, 8
Into the Garden, collage, 8" x 10" framed,2016

Offering on tour: Framed original collage and drawings. Demonstrations. Refreshments.

Snickers Gap Stop #30

Visit Karen Oliver at Monkeytown Pottery
From Route 7 (Harry Byrd Hwy) take Round Hill/Purcellville exit towards Round Hill. After gas station, take left on New Cut Road, which becomes Airmont Road. Straight at 4 way stop. Pass church and cemetery. Monkeytown Pottery is on the right next to a stone house. Look for the Coca Cola sign that says Freemans Store and park in store parking lot.