Superstition Mountains Sunset Arizona western oil painting
About This Painting
Sunset on the Superstition Mountains in Arizona, east of Phoenix and Scottsdale. Desert landscape with cactus and wildflowers and red rock. Impressionist western landscape by Karen Winters
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About Karen Winters
Artist Statement: A native Californian, art and the love of nature have been lifelong passions for me. I received my BA from UCLA, with a minor in Art History. A subsequent masters in journalism (also from UCLA) led to an award-winning career in advertising, followed by new ventures in broadcast news and documentary film making. Through all the years and all the travels, a sketchbook has been my steady companion, recording Egyptian archaeological digs, the movements of killer whales, or the gestures of Tibetan monks. Now a full-time artist, I actively travel and paint on location throughout California and the western United States. My work is inspired by the natural world, whether the medium I choose is watercolor, oil, acrylic or pastel. I am most interested in capturing the quality of light as it defines a landscape, a still life or floral portrait. I make a practice of painting daily, either in studio or, my preference, in the beautiful California landscape. I would characterize my style as borrowing from the best of impressionism and realism. Among my historical influences have been tonalist George Inness, Edgar Payne, J Bond Francisco, and many of the other early California impressionists. Through group and solo shows, my work has been exhibited at the Autry National Museum, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, the Riverside Museum of Art, the San Luis Obispo Art Museum, the Santa Paula Art Museum , the Riverside Museum of Art, The Pasadena Museum of History, the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in LA, and is in the collection of the Huntington Library. My paintings have been in National Watercolor Society shows, and won awards at Bowers Museum invitational events. Solo Exhibitions 2012 Gale's Restaurant, Pasadena - May-July 2011 Descanso Gardens Heritage Gallery, November- January 3, 2012 2011 Colony Theatre Gallery, Burbank 2010 Bowers Museum, Tangata, Santa Ana, April 16 through June 2009 Gale's Restaurant, Pasadena - May-July 2009 Selected Juried Exhibitions and Awards 2016 "Majesty of the Great Race Place" - Santa Anita Park, California Art Club "Before the Race" Brand 44 - National Works on Paper Show - Laddie John Dill, curator/juror "Miniatures en Plein Air ii" - Old Mill, California Art Club "Art of Aviation" - Santa Paula Museum of Art "Community and Heritage" - Galeria Gitana, San Fernando. "Tibetan Prayers" "Celebrating Two Centuries" - Old Mill Gallery, California Art Club Western Landscapes Show, Gallery Gitana, San Fernando "Traversing the Globe" - Old Mill Gallery, California Art Club "Scenic Vistas of the San Gabriels" - Altadena Town and Country Club installation 2015 Art about Agriculture, Santa Paula Museum of Art "Taste of Sonoma" Plein Air Invitational, City of Brea, California - 5 paintings California Art Club Show "Unrivaled Grandeur" Old Mill Gallery California Cruising, CAC show, Old Mill Gallery "A Toast to California" Old Mill Gallery 2014 Pasadena Museum of History - Contemporary Masters IV - Artistic Eden show California Art Club Old Mill Gallery - Miniatures En Plein Air Santa Paula Museum of Art - "Quintessential California" California Art Club Old Mill Gallery - Endless Summer Descanso Gardens Sturt Haaga Gallery show "Portraits of Descanso" California Art Club Old Mill Gallery - Legendary Landmarks of California show 2013 Higbee Gallery annual small works show, Costa Mesa Santa Paula Museum of Art "Fruit of the Vine" American Impressionist Society 14th annual show (national) "Summer's Splendid End", M Gallery, Charleston, SC Art Alfresco, Ventura Museum of Art Padre Serra Art Festival, Serra Parish, Camarillo Santa Paula Museum of Art "Faces of California" show California Art Club Old Mill Gallery - San Marino Centennial show California Art Club Old Mill Gallery - "On the Water" show 2012 "Art about Agriculture" - Santa Paula Museum Plein Air Festival 2012, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, invited artist "Art Matters Encore" - Huntington Museum - San Marino Art League show "California Coastline" - California Art Club show, The Old Mill, San Marino 101st Annual Gold Medal Show, California Art Club, Autry Museum, Los Angeles "Then and Now" California landscape show, Santa Paula Museum of Art "Interiors" - California Art Club show, The Old Mill, San Marino 2011 San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival, SLO Museum of Art, invited artist 100th Annual Gold Medal Show, California Art Club, Pasadena Museum of California Art Canyonlands Annual Show, Hueys Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico Gems from the Central Coast, San Luis Obispo Art Museum Vacation Getaways Show, Galeria Gitana International Salon of Traditional Art, Silvana Gallery California's Bounty Show, Galeria Gitana City of Brea Plein Air Invitational Show, Brea Less is More Annual Show, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association Small Image 6 x 6 show, Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa 2010 Small Works Show - Silvana Gallery, Glendale Annual Holiday Small Works Show - Segil Gallery, Monrovia Gems from the Central Coast, Calif. Art Club, Old Mill, San Marino 2nd Place, Pasadena Artwalk, Playhouse District Car Culture, Galeria Gitana, San Fernando 6th Annual Best of Plein Air, Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn, Esther Wells Collection, Laguna Art about Agriculture, Santa Paula Art Museum Colors of Catalina, Segil Fine Art, Montrovia California Impressionism: Then and Now, Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, Jean Stern, judge Solo Exhibition, Bowers Museum, Tangata, Santa Ana, CA 1st annual Works on Paper show, Segil Fine Art Source, Monrovia, CA "Wildflower Sunset" Ring Festival Show, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles "The Wanderer's Journey" Long Beach Museum of Art Group Exhibition with California Art Club, "Belmont Shore Pier" 85th Annual Pasadena Society of Artists Juried Exhibition, VIVA Gallery Pasadena Society of Artists ACE Exhibition, "Award of Merit", Silverlake, CA