All of Kara's new paintings are original acrylic paintings on canvas.
The beauty of Southern California, where Kara has been a resident since 2003, has largely inspired her artwork. "Nature is my starting point but not my final destination," says the artist. Kara makes a keen observation of nature and transports her experiences onto the canvas. While she tries to re-create the feeling and essence of what caught her attention, she makes changes here and there and leaves out detail.
Kara is greatly motivated by Georgia O'Keeffe's approach, which O'Keeffe summed up as, "It is only by selection, by elimination, by emphasis that we get at the real meaning of things." Transcending the visible reality of nature and the surrounding objects, Kara brings these elements alive with the emotional force of colors, simplicity of forms, and emphasis on the core object. Kara loves color, and working with acrylics allows her to record her colorful impressions almost as quickly as her mind processes the subject. Kara describes her new paintings as contemporary abstract Fauvism, since they project the combined effects of the vibrant colors of the Fauves and the dynamic style of modern abstraction.
Kara holds a B.A. degree in fine art and business administration from the College of Saint Teresa (MN). Her paintings are in private collections both locally and internationally. She is a member of Orange County Fine Arts and a signature member of International Society of Acrylic Painters.