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About the Artist
Karen Lilly is that rare bird, a California native, who has nested all of her life in this state.  Born and raised in Turlock, she married Gene and moved off to San Jose where they lived happily for the next 29 years.   There she taught English at Cupertino High School until 1997 while taking advantage of art classes in the Bay Area.  In 1998 they oversaw the completion of their new home in the outskirts of Nevada City.  Always an avid outdoor lover and sportswoman, Karen tries to bring her love of nature into her studio, combining the best of both worlds.

Karen’s work has been accepted into Explore This! 4, 3, 2, 1 Experimental Colored Pencil Exhibitions International Competitions in 2007, 2005, 2003, and 2001.  Her work also appears in Colored Pencil Exploration, published by North Light Books in 2003.  Collectors find Karen's work at shows in Homewood, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Mammoth Lake
and the Gold Country. 

You can view
Karen's art online here, by visiting Horizon Fine Art at 30 King St., Jackson, WY 83001, or by visiting Cody Country Art League at 836 Sheridan Ave., Cody, WY 82414.

From the Artist
Some of my earliest memories center around drawing, painting or coloring.  Art has always made me happy.

While living in San Jose, I was fortunate enough to take a gourd crafting class from Kris Thoeni during which I fell in love with gourds themselves.  Traditional gourd decorating methods, however, began to lose their excitement for me.   Then one morning during a vacation from high school English teaching, I was doing my daily walk around the neighborhood park, thinking about my desire to do a colored pencil painting of the oak leaves carpeting the area.  The idea hit me with such force that it stopped me mid-stride: why not use my newly cleaned gourd as a canvas and take advantage of all its irregularities and quirks, a mirror of the oak leaves’ textures?  What a happy idea that turned out to be (although it did change my walking habits.)  Now my eyes are usually focused on the ground, searching for a unique leaf or flower to draw.

So many gourds, so many leaves and flowers, so little time. . . what a grand predicament.

Honors & Membership
Karen is a Finalist, Explore This!4, 3, 2, 1 International Competitions Experimental Colored Pencil Exhibitions in 2007, 2005, 2003, and 2001. 

Karen is a member of
Color Pencil Society of America, San Francisco, CA and Banner Mountain Artisans.

Upcoming Appearances by Karen
April 27-28, 2013, Saturday from 10 AM – 5 PM and Sunday from 11 AM – 5 PM, Karen (indoor Booth #12) and other Banner Mountain Artisans, will be at the Home & Garden Show, sponsored by The Union, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

May 26, 2013, Sunday from 10 AM – 5 PM, Karen will be at 31rst Annual Sierra Festival of the Arts   (Booth #__) at Mill Street in Historic Downtown Grass Valley. 

August 23-25, 2013, Friday- Sunday from 10 AM – 5 PM, Karen will be at  Pacific Fine Arts’ 5th Annual Boatworks Mall Arts & Crafts Festivals, 760 North Lake Boulevard, Highway 28, Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City.  MAP

November 2-3, 2013, Sat/Sun. 10 AM - 4 PM, Karen will be at the 2013 BANNER MOUNTAIN ARTISANS 10th ANNUAL HOLIDAY SALE, featuring juried artisans, which will be held at the Nevada City Elks Lodge #518, (Booth #__) Hwy 49, Nevada City, CA  95959.  MAP

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