Karen Watson

Mixed Media and Acrylic Painting, Paper Art (Books, Journals, Small Decor Items)
Butterfly Bend Pottery Guest
40625 Tankerville Road, Lovettsville, VA 20180
Catoctin Cluster, Stop #4

About the Artist

Swept Away - 11 x 14
Swept Away - 11 x 14" - mixed media acrylic with leaf, egg and moss with mica covering

My creativity draws on the allure of textured surfaces and imperfect specimens, interesting patinas and patterns that convey a sense of time and history. I am a collector at heart, a gatherer of both artifacts and memories. My mind is usually searching for the answer to the question, "how can I add my voice to this and exhibit in a way that resonates with people?" While often inspired by nature, I am also energized by the man-made artistry of architecture, the significance of historical artifacts, and the symbolism found in many cultures as evidenced in their maps, writing, and design. My recent work includes panels designed to support and amplify the natural elegance of artifacts housed in small niches. Using a range of materials, I strive to create a revered space for these collected items, both those from nature such as shells, minerals, fossils, as well as man-made ones such as icons, game pieces, or personal belongings. Likewise, abstract canvases convey my interpretation of a city skyline, an ocean vista or other setting, using contour and color to convey my feelings and memory of the place, to preserve it, and share it.

Turquoise Vein - 12 x 36
Turquoise Vein - 12 x 36" - mixed media acrylic
These Walls Have Stories - 12 x 36
These Walls Have Stories - 12 x 36" - mixed media acrylic
Artifacts - 9 x 12
Artifacts - 9 x 12" - mixed media acrylic with found objects and mica
Ancient Potion - 8 x 16
Ancient Potion - 8 x 16" - mixed media acrylic with antique bottle, peacock feather
Watching Over - 16 x 20
Watching Over - 16 x 20" - mixed media acrylic with image transfer and found objects
Watching Over - 16 x 20
Watching Over - 16 x 20" - mixed media acrylic with image transfer and found objects
The Bridge - 10 x 20
The Bridge - 10 x 20" - mixed media acrylic
Star Book - hand bound - 6 x 6
Star Book - hand bound - 6 x 6" when closed
Coptic Stitch hand bound journals, recycled book covers, blank and speciality paper pages - 6 x 9
Coptic Stitch hand bound journals, recycled book covers, blank and speciality paper pages - 6 x 9" on average

Offering on tour: Mixed media, acrylic on canvas, wood panels, paper items including books and small decor items. Refreshments.

Catoctin Cluster Stop #4

Visit Karen Watson at Butterfly Bend Pottery
40625 Tankerville Road, Lovettsville, VA 20180

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