Karen’s Art

 Karen majored in visual arts at the Claude Watson School for the Arts, Earl Haig campus in Toronto.
She attended faux finishing & life drawing courses at the Toronto School of Art, and has taken many visual art related courses, along with several watercolour classes with artist Marsha Stonehouse. A floral designer and horticulturist in Toronto for 20 years, Karen earned her General Plantsman Certificate from the University of Guelph, a certificate for Japanese Floral Design at Seneca College, and was the horticultural assistant for the Toronto Botanical Garden prior to relocating to Minden, Ontario.

Karen was a participating artist member on the Haliburton County Studio Tour for 6 years, from 2006 – 2011.

A past member of the Toronto Arts and Letters Club, the Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, Karen is also a member of the Haliburton Arts Council, and the Minden & District Horticultural Society.

Certain artists have left their respective influence on Karen. Notables are, Picasso, Matisse, Georgia O’Keeffe, Wilfredo Lam, and the Group of Seven. Music, especially Jazz is likely the largest influence for Karen’s work.

Collections:  Having sold more than 800 paintings to date, including one to iconic singer Prince, Karen’s  paintings & sculptures are in private and corporate collections across Canada. Internationally, her work is located across the USA, the UK, Switzerland, Australia, Holland, Mexico, South Africa and the Bahamas.

TRED HOT Jazz - copyright Karen Sloano view a sampling of Karen’s sold pieces, please visit: HERE
To view Karen’s C.V. please visit: HERE

To purchase prints of Karen’s art, please visit: Fine Art America

Workshops: Karen has held workshops and taught courses for both adults and children in Toronto, Haliburton County and beyond. This includes art related, floral design and gardening workshops at community centres in and around the Greater Toronto Area

To view available original paintings, visit Wall Flower Studio in Ontario Canada.

Artist Statement

To a large degree, popular culture and the ways we humans attempt to enhance and decorate our living spaces and our environments, is a great source of fodder for any artist.

Kitsch and camp are appealing subject matter. Thankfully, (or not, depending on your opinion), my paintings won’t likely match anyone’s living room decor because really, in my humble opinion, that’s not what art is all about.

Recurring themes in my work have included empty chairs, wonky interior themes, and mostly paintings without people. Clients who have purchased these see them as “optimistic paintings”; true for the most part, however others feel that they are metaphors with an edgy sense of apprehension. It’s as if something has happened, is about to happen, and it’s a bit like the calm before the storm.  This is a real juxtaposition that I quite enjoy.

On the flip side, music is my biggest inspiration in the studio. I’m truly moved and affected by the marvellous abstract sounds of Jazz, Blues and Swing, and particularly from the sound of my very favourite band, Steely Dan, whom I unabashedly adore!

With this direction in mind, I’ve been inclined to follow this musical lead which means translating imagery from the music I’m listening to and applying it to canvas. I’ve always believed each of the arts are connected in some way, and my connection, for the time being could be characterized as visually induced sound, or vice versa!

Otherwise, the natural world that’s all around us, and residing in a rural location as I do, does seep into one’s work. I’ll always paint landscapes and flowers from time to time.

In any case, my ultimate goal is to create colourful pictures with movement. I look forward to following where the muse leads, and invite interested viewers to come along for the ride.

~ KS

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2 thoughts on “Karen’s Art

  1. Hi, thank you for following my blog. I agree with your “beautiful” description of the Haliburton Highlands, you are so right. I also like your art, and the artists you list as influences. May you have a happy & satisfying 2015.

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