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About Karen Richardson

Karen Richardson What is it about beach pebbles that draws us to search for the perfect one to take home? Why do we place beautiful stones around our homes and in our gardens? Is it merely a fascination with colour, pattern, and texture? Or is it their ancientness that makes us curious about their story?

I have felt the magnetic pull of stone - from mountains to boulders to pebbles to grains of sand - from as far back as I can remember.

Having grown up near Algonquin Park in northern Ontario, surrounded by the terrain of the Canadian Shield, I am instinctively drawn to rock-filled wilderness scenery. The landscape of my childhood, characterized by extensive forests, with massive outcroppings of smooth bedrock, interspersed with hundreds of pristine lakes and rivers, was a region made famous by the paintings of the Group of Seven. I find harshly beautiful places such as these to be energizing as well as restorative. To date, over 400 of my paintings include stone in some form - from exquisite pebbles to massive rock cliffs.

My husband John and I, married in 1977, enjoy active holidays spent exploring the North American continent. Whether traveling by RV, motorcycle, snowmobile, ATV, kayak, or on foot, I encounter limitless concepts for my artwork.

A pocket camera is a must for compact convenience, with frequent shots snapping up inspiration en route, and visually documenting cross-country excursions as they unfurl. An adventurous spirit steers us to mountains and prairies, tundra and desert, and dirt roads and snow trails. Our travels have taken us from coast to coast, with the Yukon and Northwest Territories, Newfoundland, the Gaspe, and the American Southwest being among our favourite targets for exploration.

Closer to home, I have designed, constructed, and maintained the perennial gardens in all three homes in which we have lived, and often use my own flowers as references in paintings.

When I see something in Nature that is worthy of celebration, I want to capture that feeling of heartfelt awe and wonder in a painting. My artistic mission is to uplift, to share a moment of focused calm; in short - to make the world a happier place, one painting at a time.

Many of my collectors share the same feelings about my work, with responses such as, “I’m lucky enough to have a few pieces of your art throughout my home. They bring me a smile and quiet joy every time I look at them. It absolutely does ‘nurture my creative soul’ and when life throws in a curve ball, your paintings are a quiet oasis for me. Thank you for sharing your art!â€