ABOUT

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“Can’t You See a Truck is Coming and Blowing its Horn?!” on the cover page of Acrylic Artist Magazine.
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The opening spread to Karin’s 10-page article features “Autumn in the City.”

 

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

It seems that the strongest triggers to visual memory are related to light, and the endless variables which comprise its nuances. Whenever I successfully express the distinctive, mysterious quality of light in the atmosphere, there is a good chance that viewers of my paintings have witnessed that same sight, and are brought to a place of their own memories. The use of a realistic color palette and the slight abstraction of the subject matter further heighten that experience. That is how the connection seems to occur between myself and the viewer.

My approach to each painting is only minimally planned, and could often be described as an “attack” – with intuitive, quick, high-energy strokes. My tools are currently jumbo palette knives and blocks of wood, along with mangled bristle brushes. Paint application ranges from thick, opaque, knifed-on areas to thin transparent layers, which are used both for the underlying foundation and to subtly change and add color without disturbing the texture and brushstrokes of the previous layer(s). My discoveries about interesting uses of transparent paints (and acrylic paints in general) have been highlighted in Acrylic Artist Magazine and on ArtistsNetwork.com.

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ABOUT KARIN NELSON

In 2009, God began opening Karin’s interests to the field of art, and she began experimenting with paintings. (Before that, she had not so much as taken an art class in high school.) Her passion and skill grew quickly, and by the end of that year, her paintings were selling at a local store. In 2010, she quit her administrative job to pursue painting full-time. Karin says, “It still seems like a dream. But God keeps opening doors, so I keep stepping through.” She gives God credit for giving her private art lessons along the way in her self-taught path. It continues to be an amazing adventure, in partnership with the Creator of the universe!

Karin lives in Wyoming with her husband of 41 years. They have three grown children, a son-in-law, and two precious granddaughters.

RESUME

Karin has over 250 paintings in PUBLIC, CORPORATE, and PRIVATE COLLECTIONS, including:

  • Holland Hospital, Holland, MI (9 paintings)
  • Haworth Corporation (Office of  Chairman Matthew Haworth), Holland, MI
  • City of Grand Rapids, MI
  • Holland Museum (permanent collection), Holland, MI
  • Pennock Hospital, Hastings, MI
  • Crisis Care Network
  • Warner, Norcross & Judd
  • Many professional and financial offices

EXHIBITIONS

  • 2017 Muskegon Museum of Art, Regional Exhibition
  • 2017 Toast – LaFontsee Galleries (Douglas, MI)
  • 2017 MI Arts Visual Competition (Holland, MI)
  • 2017 Everybody in the Pool – LaFontsee Galleries (Douglas, MI)
  • 2017 Freshly Considered – LaFontsee Galleries (GR, MI)
  • 2016 Fall – LaFontsee Galleries (GR, MI)
  • 2016 Solo Exhibition, Holland Area Arts Council (Holland, MI)
  • 2016 Toast – LaFontsee Galleries (Douglas, MI)
  • 2016 Regional Art Exhibition (GR Festival of the Arts)
  • 2016 Everybody in the Pool – LaFontsee Galleries (Douglas, MI)
  • 2016 Collective Alchemy – LaFontsee Galleries (GR, MI)
  • 2016 New Faces – Wahlburg Gallery (Grand Haven, MI)
  • 2015 Muskegon Museum of Art, Regional Exhibition
  • 2015 Regional Art Exhibition (GR Festival of the Arts)
  • 2014 MI Arts Visual Competition (Holland, MI)
  • 2014 Regional Art Exhibition (GR Festival of the Arts)
  • 2012 Regional Art Exhibition (GR Festival of the Arts)
  • 2011 MI Arts Visual Competition (Holland, MI)
  • 2011 Regional Art Exhibition (GR Festival of the Arts)
  • 2011 Celebration of the Arts  (GR, MI)
  • 2010 Regional Art Exhibition (GR Festival of the Arts)
  • 2010-2015: Art Prize (Grand Rapids, MI)

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • 2017 Juror’s Honorable Mention Award, Muskegon Museum of Art, Regional Exhibition
  • 2017 Stuart Padnos Award (MI Arts Exhibition)
  • 2016/17 Finalist in Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition, Landscape Category
  • 2016 Experience Grand Rapids: Hot City, Cool Art Billboard (See LINK)
  • 2016 Heule Memorial Award (GR Exhibition)
  • 2016 Featured Artist in Fall, 2016 issue of Acrylic Artist Magazine
  • 2015 Warner, Norcross & Judd Purchase Award (GR Exhibition)
  • 2015 Sam Afendoulis Memorial Award (GR Exhibition)
  • 2015 Eunice Gavan Purchase Award (GR Exhibition)
  • 2014 – Winner of Poster Contest for nationally-renowned Tulip Time Festival *(see below)
  • 2014 Warner, Norcross & Judd Purchase Award (GR Exhibition)
  • 2014 City of Grand Rapids Purchase Award (GR Exhibition)
  • 2011 ILF Award (GR Exhibition)
  • 2011 Warner, Norcross & Judd Purchase Award (GR Exhibition)

REPRESENTATION

MEDIA / PUBLICATIONS

VIDEOS

Painting Grand Rapids

Painting “Upside Down”

Live Painting at Muskegon Museum of Art

*TULIP TIME

“Resilience” – Winner of 2014 Tulip Time Poster Contest

Many people are curious about Karin’s experience winning the 2014 Tulip Time Poster Contest. Click on any of these links which may be of interest to you:

Order posters, prints, note cards, mugs, etc. from Tulip Time

Announced Winner at 2014 Banquet

Tulip Time Parade

FACEBOOK

Link to Karin’s Facebook Art page

4 thoughts on “ABOUT

  1. “Shadow Lover” great title for the article. You always showed great insight in your ” shadow play” on your canvas.

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