ABOUT

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ARTIST’S STATEMENT

There is that longing to escape the hemmed-in confines of city living, and immerse oneself in the expansive, peaceful solitude of massive skies and country fields where one can see for miles on end. To then express that experience with the application of paint on canvas, executed with a wild and free approach matching the subject itself, is a pleasure bestowed to me by none other than the One Who created it all.

I receive the same gratification, painting the planes of light reflected from timeless man-made structures that surround me. Whether an urban scene of stately buildings claiming their place in the cityscape, or the rural counterpoints of humble, weathered barns — some in use, and some now neglected, these buildings appeal to my visual senses, piquing my interest regarding the lives so closely intertwined with their existence, both past and present. By the time I have explored their elements, I experience a thread which somehow connects me to their history.

My approach to each painting is only minimally planned, and could often be described as an “attack“ – with intuitive, fast, high-energy strokes. My main tools are jumbo knives, bristle brushes, and flat planes such as blocks of wood. Paint application ranges from thick, opaque, knifed-on areas to thin transparent layers, used both for the foundation and to subtly change and add color without disturbing the visual texture of previous layers.

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.

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 in this amazing adventure.”

Karin lives in Wyoming with her husband of 42 years. They have three grown children, a son-in-law, and three precious granddaughters.

RESUME

Karin has over 300 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

EXHIBITIONS

  • 2018 ArtPrize: the Michigan Connection – Midland Center for the Arts (Midland, MI)
  • 2018 Solo show – Somebody’s Gallery (Petoskey, MI)
  • 2018 Location, Location, Location – Lowell Arts Center (Lowell, MI)
  • 2018 Everybody in the Pool – LaFontsee Galleries (Douglas, MI)
  • 2018 Collective – LaFontsee Galleries (GR, MI)
  • 2017 Muskegon Museum of Art, Regional Exhibition
  • 2017 ArtPrize – Women’s City Club (GR, MI)
  • 2017 Toast – LaFontsee Galleries (Douglas, MI)
  • 2017 Featured show – Somebody’s Gallery (Petoskey, 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 ArtPrize – Women’s City Club (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 ArtPrize – Women’s City Club (Grand Rapids)
  • 2015 Muskegon Museum of Art, Regional Exhibition
  • 2015 Regional Art Exhibition (GR Festival of the Arts)
  • 2014 ArtPrize – Spectrum Butterworth (GR, MI)
  • 2014 MI Arts Visual Competition (Holland, MI)
  • 2014 Regional Art Exhibition (GR Festival of the Arts)
  • 2013 ArtPrize – Spectrum Butterworth (GR, MI)
  • 2012 Regional Art Exhibition (GR Festival of the Arts)
  • 2012 ArtPrize – Spectrum Butterworth (GR, MI)
  • 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)

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

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

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