Karen Scharer’s paintings begin as a series of loose glazes of color. As shapes and impressions emerge, she applies layers of transparent and opaque paint to further develop the structure, design, and the impact of each piece. Her technique produces an infinite variety of hues and effects that could not be achieved solely by mixing color on a palette. The interplay of contrast and movement, texture and balance, shape, line, and color create images that draw the viewers in, inviting them to see not just with their eyes but also with the heart.
Inspiring a response is a critical part of her paintings. The artist writes, "Through painting, my ideas and visions become tangible, providing a language to encourage, share, inspire, and uplift. Each painting evolves as if it were a conversation between old friends... sometimes lighthearted and joyful, sometimes contentious or troubling. As a result, every painting is as individual as the moment in which it was created."
Karen Scharer graduated from the University of Montana in 1975 with a degree in Natural Resource Management, a reflection of the love of the outdoors learned from her father at an early age. Employment with the Forest Service and later IBM took her from Montana to Idaho and then to New Mexico. It was in New Mexico where Karen began to paint in earnest and where she received tremendous teachings and support from a community of remarkable artists. In 1991, she and her husband, Al, settled in Colorado, where she eventually retired from IBM and devoted her time wholly to her art. Today, she lives and works in Pueblo West, Colorado, where her home and studio sit beneath dramatic skies, just minutes from the beautiful Arkansas River and a short drive from some of Colorado’s most spectacular mountain peaks. In Karen's words, "It’s a good life, and I am truly grateful to be living it this way."