Karen Carpenter

For me, painting is a way of thinking and seeing differently. I’m intrigued by the way we all look at words, images, or both and make meaning of them.  It’s such a personal process--a way of expressing a thought, knowing all the while, that everyone who looks at a painting makes her own meaning of it.

Most of my work is abstract, using acrylics and mixed media. I love color, texture, and incorporating papers, text, images, compounds, fabrics, metals, clay, and found objects, to build an idea.  At times I begin with a subject -- family, women, culture, or the environment-- but sometimes the idea grows in the paint. Email Karen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

May 1-June 11, 2017

Karen is exhibiting in the Rehobeth Art League show: Getting in the Mood with Light and Shadows--A Juried Members' Showcase

June 2017

Karen is the featured artist for the month at Baked Dessert Cafe in Berlin, Maryland.

September 2017

Karen, along with Irene Whitaker, will participate in a show celebrating Columbia's 50th birthday:  50 Artists for 50 years 50/50 at Slayton House