Karen Merkin

Karen Merkin



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The Art Academy Museum


Karen Merkin-artist


Artist Statement

I am drawn to the colors around me, especially the play of light and shadow on those colors. I particularly like to capture the details in everyday objects. Walking on a city street or at a farmers market or at a car show, I’ll take photos to recreate a scene that inspired me. I enjoy painting in my home studio every day. The most challenging subjects to paint are my grandchildren–not only to create a likeness, but to also convey their personalities. Most recently I’ve been painting a series of classic cars that have been restored to their original beauty. I love to show the reflection of light on the chrome and glass. Painting in a photo-realistic style, the greatest reward comes when I’m told my image is thought to be a photograph.

Artist Biography

Having grown up at the New Jersey shore, art has always been an important part of my life. Starting as a child copying detailed illustrations in books, my favorite gift was a new box of 64 crayons. I earned a BS Degree in elementary education from University of Maryland, College Park, and a Masters Degree in special education-teaching the deaf from Temple University, Philadelphia. When my children were young, I painted my original designs on needlepoint canvas selling to stores and through a national catalog. Having no formal art training, I’ve been taking weekly art classes and intense weekend workshops to elevate my skills. My artwork has been juried into exhibits in Maryland, DC, and Virginia, including Strathmore, Yellow Barn, The Art Academy Easton, Rockville Art League, Kensington, Garrett Park, and the Women’s Club of Chevy Chase, and has won many awards.

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