Artist of the Month

Artist of the Month

Karen Chapman

Q: What medium(s) do you use for your art?
A: I primarily paint with oil and, more recently, have been incorporating charcoal, graphite and wax into the work. I like my surfaces to be textured and varied. I want them to be visually interesting.

Q: What is your background? How long have you been doing this type of art?
A: In college, I majored in Art History, taking studio classes along the way. This was at Mount Holyoke back in the early 80’s and I was lucky to have some very fine teachers. Since then I’ve been drawing and painting, attending workshops with area artists, and showing work locally and in juried national exhibitions.

Q: What inspires you and how do you get started?
A: My inspiration comes from many sources. I walk my dog every day and every day am struck by how perfectly beautiful the light is. Nature is important to me. I also love looking at other artists’ work, past and present. I am currently reading the interviews Francis Bacon gave in the sixties. I love everything he says. He makes me think. Poetry and music are also rich sources, not so much for imagery as for the depth of feeling they bring up.

I try to keep work going at all times and as I’m always working on a series, my starting point is tied to what has come before. Things occur in the work. They are unplanned and sometimes surprising and can require further investigation. That becomes the starting point for the next piece. Also, I like to work while listening to music. A loud and loved song, maybe more than anything else, will get me up out of my chair and over to the easel.

Q: Is any of your art for sale? What is the best way for people to get in touch with you?
A: All the pieces in this series are for sale. I can be reached at

Artist of the Month - Karen Chapman

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