Karen Elder, West Coast Artist Bent-Tree-Studio, Hornby Island BC
Karen Elder, West Coast ArtistBent-Tree-Studio, Hornby Island BC 

Mixed Media

This 3D mixed media self-portrait is what I created for the Hornby Island Self Portrait Artshow in July 2014.  Images by participatory artists could be imaginary, spiritual, realistic or just a feeling or any form the artist wanted to take to portray themselves.  Mine is whimsicial and comes from a feeling that I strive for....that of serenity, peace and inner happiness.  

 

I made this as a 3D image using a cast of my face that was done in a workshop in Prince Rupert in the 1980's.  The cast sat in a bucket for over 20 years so was somewhat warped.  Trying to come up with something unique, I used the cast, added molding clay, smoothed and attached it to the cradleboard using paper mache.  I then painted the background as the westcoast, salish sea, with a moon in the dark sky.  The face was painted and hair and other items added as I went.  I am a pisces and I love the water and the Westcoast.  I feel I am somewhat of a moonchild as well as I can rarely sleep during the full moon phase.  Because I am a Canadian through and through, I added the maple leaf.

 

This was a lot of fun to create and it gives me a sense of peace and harmony within!

"Karendipity" - 16 x 20 - NFS

News:

TWO NEW ART CARDS AVAILABLE....   See Artcards on right side margin above.

 

I will be showing at various GROUP ART SHOWS this summer: 

 

HIAC - June 12th to June 17th, 2018.  This was a beautiful show for visual artists on Hornby Island.  The show was held in the Gallery in the Woods.  The Opening on Thursday night was fantastic with snacks provided and musicians playing on the deck.  

 

HIAC - September 2nd to September 7th, 2018 at The Community Hall  with Opening Tuesday, September 4th at 7 p.m.

 

THE CO-OP - The Hornby Island Co-op has a group show for the months of July and August which I will participate in.

 

STUDIO TOUR:  It was a pleasure to meet the many visitors to my studio on Canada Day this year.  Over 80 people dropped in.   The Studio Tour as well as the Home and Garden Tour the day before was held as a fundraisder for both the Hornby Island Festival Society and the Hornby Island Arts Council.  Great day!

Bent Tree Studio officially opened Aug. 2014 ...

Hours:  Normally I can be open most days from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  My "Open sign" will be out or please call for an appointment.  Check it out...

 

Art Cards for sale... 

Art cards can be found in my studio, the Co-op, HIAC and on this website. 

 

Volunteer Projects  

Check out the various fund-raising projects that I have submitted both paintings and 3-D projects to.  The most recent event was the HerringFest artshow put on by Conservancy Hornby Island in March 2018.

 

Photo Gallery 

 

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