Karen Mattson grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, but moved to Alaska in 1968. Her interest in art began at an early age and it sparked a lifelong journey into the discovery of making art. She considers herself a self-taught artist, but has enjoyed learning from a few artists traveling in Alaska. The excitement, challenges, spontaneity and surprises of watercolor invigorate her, so she constantly makes demands on herself to expand on the possibilities of this medium. Her intrigue with flowers comes from a deep love of gardening and the miracles, shadows and colors it produces. Her plein air work is primarily painted with oils and the use of a palette knife. Karen is a signature member of the Alaska Watercolor Society, and Alaska Artist Guild, is one of the Painted Ladies, plus supports several other art organizations. She has won many awards and her art is part of several corporate and private collections.
Karen says, “My goal is to capture patterns of light and colors, and to portray feelings of this love of beauty to the viewer.”