Colored Pencil, Watercolor, Pen & Ink, Graphite
Guest at Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane Purcellville, VA 20132
Loudoun Valley, Stop #23
I have worked with a wide variety of media including colored pencil, watercolor, graphite, pastels, and pen & ink. But, I must confess, colored pencil is my favorite. It allows me a great deal of flexibility and depth of color while producing wonderful visual results. The world of nature astounds me. A single autumn leaf can make my heart leap and have me reaching for the pencils and brushes. I feel very fortunate to live in western Loudoun County, which provides me with many subjects, both plant and animal.
Karen Coleman has been drawing and painting most of her life, often inspired by nature. Along the way, she fell in love with the world of plants and traditional botanical art. In 2010, Karen earned a Certificate of Botanical Art & Illustration from the Brookside Gardens School in Maryland.
Karen is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, Botanical Art Society of the National Capital Region, Botanical Artists for Education and the Environment, and a Signature Member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Her works have been shown in solo and juried group exhibitions throughout the Washington Metro area, across the U.S., and in England.
She has received merit awards and awards for excellence from the Colored Pencil Society of America.
In addition to private collections, her work is in the permanent collection of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University. Her artwork has been published in several books, including "Colored Pencil Society of America Signature Showcase", "American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid-Atlantic", "The New Colored Pencil: Create Luminous Works with Innovative Materials and Techniques", "The Best of Watercolor: Splash 16, Exploring Textures", and "Strokes of Genius 8."
Offering on tour: Botanicals and nature art — framed original artworks in a variety of media and unframed, limited-edition fine art reproductions.
Visit Karen Coleman at Franklin Park Arts Center
From Business 7, roughly half way between Round Hill and Purcellville, turn south onto Franklin Park Drive to go through the park. At the T intersection, turn right to go up and around the hill. The center is on your left.