Do Or Die Artwork

 

Karen Kent


Early on, I painted a variety of animals, drawn to them as Albrecht Durer was drawn to paint his Young Hare, or Rosa Bonheur was inspired to paint The Horse Fair. I painted out of a love of animals, but it was not until one cold sunny winter day four years ago, that owls came into my life and brought new meaning to my animal works.


My husband and I were driving on an empty road, when out of nowhere came a majestic Barred Owl. Normally not seen during the day, this beautiful creature was in full flight and sadly flew right into our windshield. Before the impact, the owl and I locked eyes and my life as an artist has not been the same since that moment.


Owls have opened my heart and I feel more present in my artistic process. When I paint an owl, I am painting from my soul and amazing things happen. My brushstrokes are looser, new textures emerge, and colors have more meaning.


Initially working in oils, my process has evolved and playful surprises happen using pastels, charcoal, acrylic, paper, magazines, yarn, used clothing, and greeting cards. Each owl, like Josie, has a personality. It is coming from within my soul and emerging in the owl itself.

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16”x12”x1.5”

Mixed media on Canvas

$700