Early in her career as an artist, Karen Hollingsworth painted mostly portraits and still life arrangements. Then, around 2002, while Karen was moving furniture around her studio to set up the scene for a new still life, she placed a chair in front of a window and thought, "Now that’s a painting!" That’s when Karen switched her focus and began mainly painting compositions of chairs and windows. From there she evolved into painting open windows with a variety of scenes beyond them. Referred to as "windowscapes", these works have become her signature style. Karen’s images vary from the whimsical (such as paintings with elephants) to the foreboding (such as paintings with crows).
But often, her images take the viewer to a more peaceful place, livened by flowing water and verdant mountains.
Karen Hollingsworth was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but her family moved to Illinois then Tennessee, and eventually to Georgia. She has lived in Atlanta ever since. Karen worked as an RN from 1980-2002 with a specialty in Psychiatric Nursing, while studying art and making a career change to a full time artist.
"I love to create paintings that evoke a sense of the familiar. To blend the common objects of everyday life, placed within the interior of a room, with a glimpse of the ocean through an open window. My "windowscapes", are intended to provide the viewer with a sense of solitude, and well being. A comfortable world bathed in sunlight, and cool breezes from the sea. For me, a painting is successful, if I wish I were there.
I’m trying to recreate the experience found when a room is bathed in strong sunlight, transforming simple human things, chairs, beds, paper bags, into objects of beauty".
- DeKalb College - Associate Degree of Science;
- The Atlanta College of Art - Drawing and Painting;
- Nancy Honea - Portraiture Study;
- 2002 Spring, Second Place, Atlanta Portrait Society, juried competition;
- 2001 Fall, Honorable Mention, Atlanta Portrait Society, juried competition.
- 2001 Folio - Spring, Atlanta Portrait Society, Exhibition Review, Atlanta GA;
- 2001 Folio - Fall, Atlanta Portrait Society, Exhibition Review, Atlanta GA;
- 2003 November, Home Improvement - Review of Atlanta Artists;
- 2004 Detroit Free Press - Realism Outdoes Mere Photographs, Detroit MI;
- 2004 Atlanta Intown - Galleries Go Wild, Atlanta Ga;
- 2006 Atlanta Magazine - Artists at Work: Double Vision, Atlanta GA;
- 2006 Art Galleries and Artists of the South - Featured Artist, Atlanta GA;
- 2007 Art Galleries and Artists of the South - Featured Artist, Atlanta GA;
- 2007 Points North Magazine - Featured Artist, Atlanta GA;
- 2007 American Art Collector September 2007 - Married But Separate Visions, Featured Artists.