Canadian artist Karen Richardson has felt the magnetic pull of stone - from mountains to boulders to pebbles to grains of sand - from as far back as she can remember.
Having grown up near Algonquin Park in northern Ontario, surrounded by the terrain of the Canadian Shield, Richardson is instinctively drawn to rock-filled wilderness scenery.
The landscape of her childhood was characterized by extensive forests, massive outcroppings of smooth bedrock, and numerous pristine lakes and rivers. She finds harshly beautiful places such as these to be energizing as well as restorative. To date, over 400 of her paintings include stone in some form- from exquisite pebbles to massive rock cliffs.
Extensive travel with her husband provides access to the untamed landscapes that inspire her art. In these paintings, Richardson shares the quiet moments of heartfelt awe and wonder that she encounters in the natural world. She uses true-to-life colours, crisp detail, and dramatic lighting effects, to give the sense of ‘being there’.
“My artistic mission is to make the world a happier place… one painting at a time.”
Karen paints on 300 lb. acid free 100% rag watercolour paper and is mounted on an archival panel with a UV- and moisture-resistant coating. The archival panel is then mounted in a simple wooden float frame.This new process protects the painting, yet allows it to be hung without the glare and weight of glass.