Karen Olson

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What is the origin of creativity?

If you ask me creativity comes from my environment and my relationship with my surroundings.

If you ask my friend and artist Karen Olson she will be more specific.

Meet Karen Olson:  fine art and conceptual photographer

Seeing Karen’s recent work is like meeting Karen for the first time. Her work is markedly different and so is she.

This year Karen’s husband died. Suddenly.

In the conversation below Karen and I discuss loss and how this struggle translated into the most beautiful and powerful work of her artistic career.

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There was a shift in your process and your style and I first noticed it in your WATERLILY collection. How do you describe that shift?

I was reacting to my environment. It was unplanned and the environment took me in, and I intensify it in my editing process.

You recently completed a photographic body of work titled HIDDEN. It’s compelling. And beautiful. What is the concept behind that work?

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HIDDEN is a photographic visualization of how I was feeling. It was a way of communicating what was going on with me.  What I now realize is that I was in shock. I was in shock for 3 months and I didn’t realize that I was until that surreal feeling of not knowing where I was in space and time disappeared. Then I realized that it was post traumatic stress. Panic attacks and anxiety attacks. When I started to come down off of that I felt really, really tired. I’m still tired. And still raw around the edges.

HIDDEN is about emotion. How to visualize emotion will likely always be my life’s work. If we can visualize how we feel it is so much easier to understand what is going on. Most of the time we don’t get it … we don’t understand what is going on inside of us. It feels like a storm that won’t stop blowing. If we can look at it we can study it. That was the motivation for this work. I wanted to thrive. I wanted to survive.

 

The last time we spoke we had a lengthy discussion about grief and the disconnect between well-meaning people and the things they say …

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Relating to people was and still is hard. What I want and need from them from one minute to the next is very, very different.

The fastest way to a meltdown is that look of pity. When I see that I don’t like it. I can’t deal with it.

 

What did and do you need from people in that process of grief?

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I’m sure this is true for just about everyone… we need to tell the story. Some people have a hard time doing that but it’s mostly because a person doesn’t want to hear or can’t take it or doesn’t know how to react so we won’t tell the story. But inherently we need to tell the story. We absolutely need to let it out. I need to be able to trust that person. And if their face reflects, I’m here. Tell me. Tell me how you feel. It helps. It’s so simple but it seems really hard for people to do.

Portrait photography is Karen’s passion. Her work is emotive, dreamy and contemplative. It’s beautiful and it’s real.

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Karen has been published in Bella GraceArtful Blogging, and Mingle magazines.

Karen is the Executive Director at The Art Loft in Rockland, Maine.

She is a contributor to Arcangel Images; an online resource for premium creative, professional-use stock photography.

Find Karen On Instagram. More of Karen’s conceptual and portrait photography is available at Karen Olson Photography and her creative mentoring sessions and web design can be found at Renuko Style.

Find me, Catherine Sprod on Instagram.

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Karen Olson lives her creative life in Hope, Maine.

Gina Sarro

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When you think of the landscape that surrounds you do you see prairies or mountains? Oceans or lakes? Green grass or trees?

And what does this have to do with art?

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Meet Gina Sarro: Abstract Landscape Painter  

Gina Sarro is inspired by Canada’s incredible beauty. Gina is a prairie-girl living an art-filled life on the west coast of Canada. And the Canadian landscape has informed many of her paintings.

Gina’s style is layered and complex and it is always changing.

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“Before I go into my studio I usually have a feeling of what kind of process I want to undertake: do I want to play with oil paints, and a palette knife, giving lots of texture or do I want to use high flow acrylics and drag it around the canvas or do I want to use a wide brush and blend away. Depending on the medium and tools, the end result changes up quite a bit. This is why I have different collections of work, that are all equally important.”

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“I keep one inspiration painting from each series and then revisit it. I often ask myself how did I do that? And then I may start a new collection inspired by that previous work.”

 

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“Sometimes it’s simply the colour palette from an older piece that inspires a new one!” – Gina Sarro

 

For the Abstract Enthusiasts

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24″x36″ acrylic on canvas

 

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24″x 24″ acrylic on panel

UPCOMING EVENT: Gina Sarro solo show at The Space Gallery in Vancouver, October 2019.

Find Gina On Instagram. See more oil and acrylic painting on wood and canvas at Gina Sarro Landscapes

Find me, Catherine Sprod on Instagram.

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Joelle Somero

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Our world is one that rewards people for conformity. We like people who share our views. We are comforted by people’s appreciation of our good taste and acceptance of our choices. Have you ever felt edgy stepping outside your comfort zone? Wondered what people would say? How they would react if you made choices your family and peers did not understand? Here’s someone who did.

 Meet JOELLE SOMERO: Abstract Artist

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Why does a representational artist choose to paint abstract? It is a question I never considered until I met Joelle and her honest answer delights me.

For years Joelle painted representational work – realistic paintings that people could relate to … everyone that is, except Joelle.

“I wasn’t having fun painting realism anymore”.

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Her move to abstract art began when Joelle stepped past fear and allowed vulnerability to guide her creativity. She began painting abstracts.

And then this happened …

Joelle made and hung a pair of canvas curtains.

Inspired by the texture of the remnants she began glueing them to a stretched canvas as an experiment.

It’s an experiment that unknowingly served as a prototype for what would become Joelle’s Abstract Collage series. Joelle paints abstract oil paintings in neutral, natural colours with a duck cloth collage foundation.

Duck cloth is a high thread count canvas.

Joelle’s love for Abstract Collage grew and so did the practical reasons for this artistic expression. Unlike painting, collage allows this artist the ability to start and stop as necessary to accommodate her busy life as a mom to four children. It allows her to be equally present for her family and to her art.

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What I like: These works of neutral, layered texture are attractive in both modern and classic interiors.

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These works lend nuanced texture to neutral design and decor and offer serenity to bolder interiors.

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Read about the commission process at www.joellesomero.com Or reach out to me, Catherine, for an introduction.

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– Joelle is an abstract collage artist and an interior designer. She lives in Marquette, Michigan with her husband and four children. –

Find Joelle on Instagram.

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