Karen Stone

Karen Stone — Painter

I am a fine artist living and working from my studio in Worcestershire. I trained in Fine Art, as well as supplementary techniques such as life drawing and printmaking, at Birmingham School of Art and the Slade School, University College London, and have worked to share my knowledge by teaching in small, private classes and in the wider community. My work is represented by galleries across England and Wales, and I am extremely honoured to have received a number of awards, most recently from the Pastel Society, located at the Mall Galleries in London. From childhood, I have always been fascinated by capturing the world around me through art, and as well as taking a great interest in contemporary art, I am passionate about art history, and love to visit a diverse range of galleries and exhibitions (when world health events allow).Aside from drawing inspiration from other artists, I also like to gather ideas during nature walks with my trusted studio assistant, Basil the terrier.

I predominantly work with paint, particularly oils and watercolours, but also use collage, pastels, prints, and fabric. I aim to capture the character of everyday people, places, objects, and flowers, using shapes and colours to explore relationships, and also try to see the extraordinary in the mundane. I take a holistic approach to my art, as I try to explore different ways of viewing ordinary subjects and contextualising them into a wider relationship with the viewer and the world, rather than removing the subject entirely from its surroundings. I gather observational notes from everyday life to create my art, including sketches and drawings, which I then consider in terms of scale and materials to create the desired effect in the finished piece. Depending on the subject, I use a variety of collage, painting, and printmaking material, layering these different techniques to represent time. I also use abstraction of shapes and forms to explore elements of artistic truth beyond realism.