Karen Cornell is a painter and printmaker who has lived and worked in the Seattle area since 2004. She received her MFA in Painting from California College of the Arts. Her work is comprised of paintings on paper, panel and monotype collage. Distinct processes — some spontaneous and quick, others meditative and slow — complement one another and result in a varied body of work. Color is key to her work and her means of entering each piece. Movement and connection is found through the painting process and between pieces. The paintings and monotype collages use quilt-like modular arrangements and compositional space as the common thread between processes.
Nature has always influenced her work. When living in urban areas she sought out sacred places in nature to nurture her soul and artwork. Living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, the natural world–water, trees, plants, and the distinct seasons–have shown up in her work, abstracted, like a concentrated seed of some deeper consciousness ready to break through.