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Karen Ann Patton
Ormond Beach, FL
Mixed Media, Painting / Water Colors, Photography / Nature

Karen Ann Patton is an award winning artist originally from New York, who now resides in Ormond Beach, Florida. Patton's oils, pastels and watercolors are filled with vivid colors, usually reflecting images from the area in which she lives and works. Laura Stewart, former Art Critic of the News Journal, wrote 'Patton's landscapes are natural vistas, colored brilliantly with her expressive inner vision but still easily recognizable in every detail.' She has studied with many well-known teachers, including Wolf Kahn in New York City. Her painting 'Celestial Garden' was published in North Light's book 'The Best of Flower Painting' in 1997 and in the Landmark Calendar of 1993 'Florals by Karen Ann Patton'. Her work is internationally collected and her paintings can be found in various hospitals and corporations including Winthop University Hospital in New York, the Baptist Medical Center South in Jacksonville, Florida, the Olympus Corporation and the American Automobile Association, to name a few. She is a member of Plein Air Florida, Plein Air Painters of St. Augustine and the Daytona Art League.

Artist Statement: My goal is to capture the essence of the landscape with my oils and pastels at different times of the day and seasons of the year. I want my work to be impressionistic but also remain in the realm of reality. Although I seek inspiration from painting on location, I also refer to my photographs, videos, sketches and my old paintings, finished or not to enhance my creative efforts. Living in Florida, I do have more opportunities to paint plein air than I did when I lived in New York. However, sometimes the very hot weather, snakes, alligators, fire ants, etc. add unexpected challenges to the experience. I prefer painting with a partner while on location because that provides me with a sense of security which helps free up the creative process. Admittedly, it is much more convenient to paint in my studio where I have the comforts of home; air conditioning, all my supplies, good lighting and food and drink and where I can use my plein air sketches to work on larger paintings. But, after awhile, I need to get back out again to experience nature and get recharged.

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