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Karen paints domestic interior scenes and abstracted nude figures rendered in strong colors and layered textures. She likes to work large and let her brushwork express her energy and "quick take" on what she sees. The subjects she paints are all around her, from her home in Virginia to the interiors of friends and family. All it takes to inspire her is a nook or cranny of a room or the colors in her paint box.
Karen likes soft edges and loose renderings of her subjects. She oftentimes uses a palette knife instead of a brush to apply her final paint layers to avoid precision and ensure that "perfect is not the enemy of good."
Karen's mother, Jean Richardson, is a well-known American acrylic painter who gave Karen a first-hand view of an artist's life and provided her valuable instruction in painting.