UPDATE APRIL 2013: Karen actually got in touch and loved this post! She gave me the following insight on this beautiful painting that’s still hanging on the wall right in front of me –
“that series of paintings started from a commission of a 12 year old ballet dancer whose family ended up buying 4 large paintings of her. ( appr. 2-3’x4′) I sketched her in loads of different dance poses and various ballet wear. and worked on some of the paintings from the sketches when they wanted changes. she was adorable! i’ve actually framed some of the sketches and had note cards printed from a few. I’ve sold and donated others from the group. it was a terrific experience! the providence art club paintings were the first time I made them so small, specifically for the little pictures members’ show. had to dial down the brushes, haha. but I thought they came sweet , very delicate. some of the others in the show were in repose and some were girls in a garden.
I love the figure and previously worked with a company for their weekly fashion illustrations. attended RISD for education but took all illustration courses, which later lead to many, many greeting cards and murals in homes and businesses.
all fun, fun opportunities!!
now I’ve been painting many scenes from traveling and still life subjects at the providence art club, but are planning to start working from a model again in a couple of weeks with a group of painters. can’t wait!”