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My professional painting journey began in 1986 when I started exhibiting my watercolours. Over the years, almost 600 of my original paintings have found their way into private and corporate art collections in nineteen countries. Today, my favourite subjects include dramatic scenery and close-up details of Nature, especially flowers and stones of all descriptions. I like to think my paintings capture moments of tranquility and encourage viewers to pause and reflect on the astonishing but fragile beauty of our world.
In 2005 I began teaching watercolour and perspective drawing at art schools, galleries and in my own studio/gallery. I enjoy showing students how to design and build their own paintings using just primary colours and a back-to-basics approach. I designed my own web site www.karenrichardson.ca which includes galleries of original paintings, painting demonstrations, and photos and stories about my classes, trips and artistic activities. My first art instruction book, Watercolour Toolbox, was published summer 2013.
I grew up near Algonquin Park in northern Ontario, Canada and since then have been privileged to explore wilderness landscapes throughout North America and abroad. My husband and I lead active lives in which gardening, hiking, snowmobiling, ATVing, motorcycling and RV touring provide unique inspiration for my artwork.