About the Artist

Painting in the park

“There are few things in life that can match the joy of watching a large brush, loaded with fresh pigment and water, cascade and flow down a large sheet of watercolor paper.  The colors dance across the surface, merge and then miraculously form an endless supply of shapes, forms and new ideas.” -Karen Young

Since Karen’s entrance into the art field, she has studied both at local and national levels in watercolor, acrylics, pastels and oil. An interest in Eastern calligraphy and design has led to continued adventures in Chinese brush painting and Sumi-e.

Karen has studied with many artists along her journey. Her mediums range from watercolor and watermedia, to collage, encaustics, pastels and oil. Karen’s art education has included studies with Mary Whyte, Richard McKinley, Alvaro Castagnet, Pat Dews, Robert Burridge, Barbara Nechis, John Salminen, Birgit O’Connor, Cheng-Khee Chee, Stephen Quiller, Don Andrews and Robert Johnson. She has studied privately under Mary Muller, Hui Hua Lynn and Wendell Mohr. She is currently studying Chinese brush painting with California artists, Ning Yeh and SueMae Willhite.

One of Karen’s paintings was featured on the cover of the Summer 2013 issue of the Iowa Watercolor Society’s Newsletter. Click here to check it out!


Selected Shows, Juried Shows & Awards

Honorable Mention, Iowa Artists, 2005
Hoyt Sherman’s Annual Women’s Show, 2006-2009
The Des Moines Women’s Club 100th Centennial Art Exhibition Des Moines Art Center 2007
Heritage Art Gallery Juried Exhibits, 2005, 2006, 2007,2008
Drake University Rural Lands Juried Exhibition, 2007
Grace United Methodist Church 2008
The Fitch Gallery 2008
The Octagon Center for the Arts 2008
Pearson Lakes Art Gallery 2009
The Des Moines Women’s Club 101st Art Exhibition 2010
Creating Wonderland at the Nicholas Street Gallery in Omaha, NE 2010
Iowa Watercolor Society, The Octagon Center for the Arts 2010
Paint On Our Shoes, Arts On Grand, Spencer, IA 2010
Lutheran Church of Hope, WDM, IA 2010
Iowa Watercolor Society, 2012
Iowa Watercolor Society, 2013
Los Olivos Corner House Coffee, 2013

Professional Art Affiliations

Iowa Pastel Society – Charter Member
Iowa Watercolor Society- Signature Member
American Watercolor Society
Transparent Watercolor Society
National Watercolor Society
California Watercolor Association
Paso Robles Art Association
Santa Barbara Art Association
Sumi-e Society of America