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....   More new ones on the way in 2019.   See Artcards on right side margin above.

 

PRINTS I also have a few prints of my most popular paintings that I have sold in the past.  These are available for purchase in my Studio

 

Artshows coming up in summer:

HORNBY ISLAND ART'S COUNCIL GALLERY -  To be announced.

 

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

 

Bent Tree Studio officially opened Aug. 2014 ...

Hours:  Normally I can be open most days from 11:30 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 & Fundraising Projects: 

The most recent event was the HerringFest Artshow put on by Conservancy Hornby Island in March 2019.  I am happy to report that two of my sea lion paintings were sold.

 

In 2018 I participated and sold a large painting at UBC in Vancouver along with many other artists to fundraise for "HornbyTimes".  Proceeds went towards our new Art Centre that has been in the works for quite a number of years.  It is anticipated that ground-breaking for the new building will take place in the Fall of 2019.

 

Check out some other fund-raising projects that I have participated in with both paintings and 3-D projects over the years at:

Photo Gallery 

 

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