Karlene McConnell explores memories and perceptions of the natural world through her colorful, gestural paintings. She uses shapes and lines to mimic organic forms found in nature, playing with positive and negative space and layers of paint to build up a sense of atmosphere on a flat plane. Her work is also fueled by bursts of color. While not true to life, her palette creates a conversation between cool and warm tones and serves to energize her compositions. Her paintings are largely inspired by her close proximity to the river. Time spent hiking and kayaking provides real-life references and inspiration.
About the Artist
Karlene McConnell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education from the University of Central Florida in 1983. She is a former Special Education Art teacher and Museum Curator. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows from New England to the Miami art fairs. Her art is included in several corporate and private collections including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY, and the permanent Lemerand Collection at Daytona State College, FL.
Past Solo Exhibitions at Arts on Douglas