Influenced by her father, who was a commercial artist, Karen Hale quickly developed her artistic sense and love of the arts. In the last several years as a professional artist, her work has revealed a natural mastery of different artistic mediums. Over the years she has worked with various techniques and art forms such as textiles, collage, jewelry, and photography. Her experience allows her to easily use different mediums and play with multiple materials, fully knowing the reactions and interactions between them. She can look anywhere around her and see lines, shapes, and textures, allowing her to then transfer them onto a canvas. Her ability to use the superposition of different layers of color gives each of her works a bold and exciting result.
Using the basics of art in terms of color, construction, and textures, she creates vibrant and rich canvases that at times may lack recognizable objective forms, providing a personal interpretation of the landscape. Karen builds her paintings with layers of color, either thick or thin, which are then washed, “vitrified,” or wetted (giving a sponge effect); sometimes on highly textured surfaces (the relief supported by a coarse grain), or sometimes on a flat canvas. Drippings also sometimes play a role, interacting with each other. Karen uses a variety of tools in addition to traditional artists’ brushes, as objects found in the workshop or kitchen. She usually uses acrylic paints, paper, fabric, metal foil, pastels, or graphite.
Her works are rich in color and full of nuances and textures, giving a real sense of depth to the painting’s viewer. Her mixed-media creations encourage imaginary travels and random emotions. One must let the power of the brush strokes and the intensity of the incredible mix of colors grab us to explore our own feelings.