Paintings by Karen Anne Baldauski
Above: MINKE WHALE, 2019, 24hx36w, acrylic on stretched canvas
My orientation as a painter using acrylics is to enable myself through intense concentration and acquired skills to work rapidly and precisely to achieve images of the sea and wildlife as well as anything of interest. Where I live along the Bold Coast of Maine, the whales and sea birds are a constant inspiration to include in my paintings of the sea in all its moods and configurations. I’ve worked as an artist since my BFA in 1967, moved to Maine in 1978, and lived by Lake Cobbossee for 24 years. Now I live by the sea since 2007 and concentrate on what I see and feel in my daily surroundings with the constant exposure to the elements that fuel my spirit...wind, sun, waters, sky, changing weather, wild life, working fishermen, and more. Altho I supported myself as a graphic designer, I love painting most of all. Being a Registered Maine Guide, I’ve explored the waters and terrain throughout Maine. Nature and my life experiences, plus the challenges to improve my work activate my mind’s eye to use my brushes to express what I know and feel. Painting for me is an irresistible urge that I discovered a long time ago that is very important to continue doing as a reward in itself. Art embodies hope and unique expression of what is important to the human soul.
Above: NIGHT SAIL, 2019, 24hx36w, acrylic on stretched canvas
Above: BY THE SEA, 2019, 24hx36w, acrylic on stretched canvas
Above: TIDAL POOL, 2019, 24hx36w, acrylic on stretched canvas
Karen's very large felted wool wall hangings of whales and seals were exhibited at the University of Maine Atrium Art Gallery in 2010. They are an extension of her paintings.
The Island Institute's gallery, Archipelago in Rockland, Maine, showed her works in 2 shows where many were sold. Her painting skills were also applied to large batiks which she exhibited as a charter member of Peter's Valley Craftsmen in Layton, NJ where she helped set up their first gallery. Her floor-to-ceiling batiks were first shown in America House in NYCity, at the time, across from the Museum of Modern Art. Her first sale of an oil painting, "Fog People", was through Bloomingdale's in NYCity.
In addition to developing a professional career in graphic design
in New York City, she lived in England almost 3 years before setting up her own successful design firm in Maine 1978-2007. While in New York City,
at one point Karen was out of a design job and found employment at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for 3 months, walking to work from her
brownstone apartment (just $150/month at the time!) across Central Park to enjoy a behind the scenes experience she will never forget as a young, fine artist, just beginning her path through life.
Karen's works represent a thoughtful artist with
supremely refined skills and a following of collectors who find her primarily
by word of mouth.
"A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness."
At Princeton University Karen heard Miles Davis in live performance... never to be forgotten. He said: "Sometimes you have to play a long time before you can play like yourself."
The ARTWORKSOFMAINE Gallery will re-open for the season
June-October 2019, Fridays & Saturdays, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. and by chance.
We are happy to arrange an appointment to suit your convenience.
The paintings shown are only a selection of Karen's work. Come to the gallery to see more.
We also offer some of Karen's drawings and serigraphs, plus many greeting cards depicting her work.
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Or phone: 207-733-2468