Artist of the moment…..Karen Woods….


The artist is among my favorite contemporary painters, along with Alyssa Monks, for painting water droplets or beads.

A clip showing a utility box commission. Always be sure and check out new avenues for displaying your artwork. Amelia Caruso has also done some great public commission work on utility boxes. They are great exposure for local artists because the locals can actually view you creating the piece.


She enjoys working from photographs that she takes herself at interesting roadside locations.

The artist was born in 1963 in Seattle, Washington. Attended college in Oakland, California at California College of the Arts. Studied overseas in Florence, Italy for a short time.

Has appeared in Western Art and Architecture and ArtWeekly magazines.

The best thing about this artist is her portrayal of atmosphere.  The viewer can feel the wetness and the humidity of the air. She is also wonderful at painting reflected survaces, her mirrors are great example of that. She also has worked on a variety of surfaces over the years including porcelain plates and even basswood.

A link to the artist’s website:

Woods paints mainly oils on linen or canvas. She hasn’t been as well travelled as our previous post so most of the cityscapes are visions you would see driving around Boise, Idaho.

For some art homework next time its raining and you go for a drive in your car, grab your camerca and take a picture from inside your vehicle looking out. Check out the works of Alyssa Monks and notice how each artist paints beads of water differently.

Woods was inspired by abstract expressionists. Some of her favorites were Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning.



Happy painting!



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