I have always been drawn to the beauty of aging elements.  Early on, I began experimenting with how to make new objects look old…inducing rust on metal, oxidization on copper, patina on bronze.  This led to my painting process that includes scraping, sanding and manipulating pigments with unorthodox tools and utensils.  Each of my works are layers of several paintings built onto the canvas like an excavation site, encouraging the viewer to look closely to see the transformation that has taken shape.   I am inspired by the colours and juxtaposition of urban and natural environments and I prefer painting on cloudy days as the filtered light creates the mood and sentiment of my art…an appreciation for the weathered and the tarnished.

Originally from San Francisco, I currently live and create my art in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."

Thomas Merton



Karen Marki

Bayswater @ 4th, Vancouver BC

(contact artist for prices and information on commissioned work)

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Current awards and exhibitions:

Federation of Canadian Artists - Awarded Active Member Status 2019

Art in the City Exhibition - Vancouver, BC May 3-5, 2019

"Winter Equinox" juried and selected for Federation of Canadian Artist online exhibition July 2019

"Grafitti Series: A Populist Storm" juried and selected for Fusion Art international online exhibition Jul/Aug 2019

"Walls" juried and selected for Concept Exhibition at the Federation of Canadian Artist Gallery Sept 16-29, 2019

"Autumn Echinaceas" juried and selected for Emerging Exhibition (online) at the Federation Gallery Nov 5-20 2019

"Late Summer Storm" juried and tied for 3rd place in the Minimalist Expressionism category of the   

2019 American Art Awards

Two paintings selected for Vancity Credit Union branch exhibition at Robson and Denman Nov/Dec 2019

Awarded solo on-line exhibition with Fusion Art Gallery Palms Springs CA Dec 2019

"Autumn Echinaceas" selected for exhibition at Artize Gallery Palm Springs Feb 2020

Awarded two artist exhibition at the Kay Meeks Arts Centre Fall 2020


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