KAREN NOLES..... ARTIST STATEMENT


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I live and work in an idyllic mountain side setting on the Flathead Indian Reservation where I have called home for many years. Living here gives me an abundant source of potential Native American models and the incredible beauty of the awe inspiring landscape that surrounds me. I love painting children because of their innocence, their genuine, honest, and spontaneous response to life.

My focus has been to portray the domestic life of the early and pre-reservation- era of the Plains and Plateau Indian where I discovered the fascinating and exquisite bead and quill work that was used to decorate their clothing, every day items, and other regalia. It gives me the opportunity to honor their artistic expression while I portray them in my own works of art.

For accuracy`s sake and in order to convey realism I have spent countless hours researching, collecting reference and museum books on early Native American life and visiting museums to photograph their exhibits.


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I work in oil in a realistic "Old Master" style that requires many delicate layers of paint and much patience. I have become known for my dramatic use of light and sensitive portrayals of my subjects. I am so grateful to have friends who take in abandoned or injured wild animals, often young fawn, fox, bob cat, and lynx and have allowed me to photograph them together with my models for reference for my paintings.

I have chosen portrayals which depict special or "sacred" moments in time, where the subject is in perfect harmony with nature. I create images that inspire strength, wisdom, tenderness, and innocence. They are visions that inspire me, give me pleasure and renew my spirit. I endeavor to make my experiences "stand still in time," hopeful that viewers will be taken to that same time and place and will be inspired to look for and savor those "sacred" moments in their own personal lives.

I love to see and experience all that is good and beautiful; to paint the image and the emotion "masterfully," is an infinite and rewarding challenge.


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