a bit about me

Artist's Statement
I believe that art brings balance and harmony to our lives, much in the same way that a walk in the woods or a stroll on the beach might. I have been painting and drawing for as long as I can remember. My work is inspired by a desire to explore the things that give me peace. Encaustic painting is a very old technique that involves color pigments melted into bees wax and resin. These 'paints' are then applied in a molten state, and must be heated in order to manipulate. There are many layers. The finished painting has a rich texture and depth. The light plays off this texture, and can make the colors appear differently from different angles.

My intention has always been to share the calm and peace that I find out in the world, hoping to allow for a retreat for those who can 'read' it in the images I create. I work with a subject until it becomes a part of me, and then move on, only to return to it when I need something familiar. I grew up in the mountains of California, went to college on the coast (UCSD), Graduate school in the MidWest (UW Madison), spent some time on the East Coast, and I am completely at home in the Pacific Northwest :) I am happiest when I am outside, and have been lucky to experience so many variations in the sky and earth.

I hope that my art provides an outlet; a small escape, for those who venture inside. My goal is to create objects that are enjoyable to look at, and peaceful when understood.


Enjoy your day :) ~K
kari@daisysky.com
206-793-3064


***A bit about Encaustics***
I paint with encaustic paints. I limit myself to the primary colors (red, blue, yellow) and black & white. I just really enjoy mixing colors from the basics :) Encaustic painting is an old technique that involves color pigments melted into bees wax and damar resin (sap). My palette is heated, I mix my colors on the palette, bring them over to the painting surface in a molten state, and they must be heated in order to manipulate. There are many layers that must be fused together with heat as I paint. The finished painting will have rich texture and depth. The light plays off of this texture, and can make the colors appear differently from different angles.  It is a durable material, and is stable to 160degrees F.


***Art Education***
I believe that everyone has the ability to communicate through the visual arts. I really enjoy guiding people of all ages in finding the best way for them to get their ideas across. I have my Masters in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, my BA from UCSD, and have taught art in a variety of settings. If you are interested in taking an art class, or an individual lesson, please contact me via email :) kari@daisysky.com


Education
Master of Arts, Art Education
University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1995
Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts
University of California, San Diego 1990

Collections and Memberships
My work is in public, private and corporate collections in the United States, Canada, Panama, Belgium, France and the UK
Encaustic Art Institute,Santa Fe, New Mexico :: Exhibiting Member

Juried exhibits
2017 Encaustic Art Institute Members Juried Exhibition
Museum of Encaustic Art - Global Warming is REAL, Santa Fe, NM
Centennial Art Gallery, Kent WA :: awarded exhibit
57th Kitsap Arts Festival, Kingston, WA
Kent Summer Art Exhibit, Kent, WA :: work chosen for purchase award
WinterWorks Art Show, Parklane Gallery, Kirkland, WA
Kenmore Art Show, Bastyr University,Kenmore, WA
Kent Summer Art Exhibit, Kent, WA :: work chosen for purchase award 
Oscar Meyer Women's History Exhibit, Madison, WI
Artful Women National Women's Caucus, Madison, WI
Golden Triangle Art Exhibit, La Jolla, CA

Relevant Teaching Experience
Artist in Residence, Seattle Public Schools, WA
Art Instructor, DaisySky studio, WA
Faculty; Art Instructor, Milwaukee Art Museum, WI
Faculty; Art Instructor, St. Thomas Parish School, Waterford, WI
Art Instructor, Portland Artist's Guild, Portland, OR
Teaching Assistant, Art History, UCSD, CA

Research Projects
MA Graduate Thesis - developed teaching curriculum for multicultural art education
Art, Culture and Mythology as a Catalyst for Art Education
Art History field research: Talamanca, Costa Rica
Art History field research: Kingdom of Tonga, South Pacific funded by John Muir College Grant

I hope you enjoy browsing through my artwork, but I ask that you respect the copyright protection of all of my images and not copy or reproduce them in any form.