Karen Lorena Parker has exhibited internationally and has commissions in Bahrain, Dubai, Vancouver, Basel, and South Africa. Known for her atmospheric landscapes, depth and range in her artist palette, she enjoys large scale commission work.
Fulcrum Gallery Interview:
Does the place you live effect your art?
"Absolutely. In art school, I was very interested in figurative, nudes, and abstract art. I always knew Canada had a beautiful landscape but only after a visit to Taiwan did I re ignite how precious our clean open natural space is. In Dubai, I enjoyed the differences of coastal and desert light, but also the shadows it casts. It is an honorary to preserve and document beauty in art."
What is your biggest inspiration for art?
"The way I feel when I am painting. It is the biggest joy and inspiration to create, nothing else gives me the same feeling."
How do you know when a piece you're working on is done?
"I realized over time, that my interest is in atmospheric perspective. It is one thing to draw two lines merging into a vanishing point, but what colour next to another colour archives the same visual distance? The way it is hazy on the horizon, blurry compared to a foreground. Or a lighter shadow in the distance compared to high contrast in the foreground. I like many, many layers, instead of just a foreground, mid ground, background. I try to achieve this sense of depth, and then I know I am finished."
Where do you look for inspiration?
Everywhere. Interior design, illustration, sculpture, science, engineering, creative problem solving, my children, their stories. Art is so many things, artists are everywhere, we can be inspired all day if we listen."
Where do you see yourself as an artist in the next 10 years?
"I am studying more contemporary photography and film techniques."
What is your advice for aspiring artists?
"100 paintings, or 10,000 hours is the only way you will get better. Take the criticism from anyone. Try it. Discover what your intention is, put your words to it, make it, and feel your success every time."