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Nature is my inspiration, color is my passion. I paint plein air landscapes, as well as more developed studio pieces in acrylic paint on canvas. I live in Portland, Oregon near many beautiful rivers, streams, creeks, waterfalls, mountains, trees, farms and ranches and am very lucky to be able to paint this beauty that is all around me.
I began my painting journey in 2002, taking many college classes, and studying with a number of excellent artists, among them: Jason Mayr, Charles Waldman and Mitch Baird. Though the real teacher in this journey is the easel, and it is there that I learn every day!
You may have seen my work recently at the Umpqua Valley Arts Association in Roseburg, Oregon, where I was honored to have a solo exhibition of 30 of my recent paintings. Many of my pieces have been accepted into juried shows, including my painting 'Autumn Splash' which won the People's Choice award at the 2012 Artworks Northwest juried show through the Umpqua Valley Arts Association. I have pieces in a juried show at Seven Feathers Casino in Canyonville, Oregon, Gallery Northwest in Roseburg, Oregon and the Gassy Creek Gallery in Sutherlin, Oregon. I am a member of the Plein Air Painters of the Umpqua, and the Umpqua Valley Art Association.
My available originals can be purchased through my Etsy shop at: www.etsy.com/shop/karenilari
I also have a free online painting community website with monthly instructional videos, challenges, critiques and discussions. There is a 'Beginners Corner' as well that helps you get started even if you have no experience at all! - join me and other painters from around the world - it's free! www.paintwithkarenilari.com
My hope is that my paintings will bring a bit of the awe inspiring beauty of nature into your home, and into your heart!