Contributed by Karen Crandall
Meet The Artist
6/2/2017 – 5PM
Valley Fine Arts Association
Bear Paw River Brewery
4605 E. Palmer-Wasilla Hwy. Wasilla
Karen Crandall has been a resident of Big Lake, Alaska since 1975. “I started painting 46 years ago using acrylic paints on canvas, redwood slabs and various surfaces. I love to sculpt using gel mediums and organic natural objects to create a raised textural surface called acrylic relief.”
“In 1998, I began to study watercolor and printmaking at UAA. My art was seen at the Campus Center Gallery in several juried shows such as No Big Heads, invitational 3D and 2D shows and the Campus Center Gallery's Show Stopper Exhibit of featured winners over the past 11 years.”
In 2002, Karen joined the Alaska Watercolor Society where my art was selected for the 28th, 32nd, 33rd, 39th and 40th Annual Nationwide Juried Exhibitions. Her art piece, Seagull Menagerie, won a honorable mention and was displayed at the Blue Holloman Gallery in Anchorage.
Baleen Exposed, a watercolor of a humpback whale feeding in Fredrick Sound, Southeast Alaska was featured in the Art for the Park Show at Stephens Fine Arts in 2015.
Karen is a member of VFAA and the Alaska Watercolor Society as Scholarship Award President. You can see her art at the Girdwood Center for Visual Arts where her art will be featured in the July Mini Show.
“I am currently working on paintings that depict the various seasons of nature's glorious colors at Hatcher's Pass using watercolors, pastel chalk, acrylics and occasional oils.”