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Karen Hollingsworth, 1955 | WindowScape painter

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.

  • All'inizio della sua carriera di artista, Karen Hollingsworth dipinse principalmente ritratti ed arrangiamenti di nature morte.
    Poi, intorno al 2002, mentre Karen spostava i mobili nel suo studio per allestire la scena per una nuova natura morta, mise una sedia davanti a una finestra e pensò: "Questo è un dipinto!"
    Fu allora che Karen cambiò la sua attenzione e iniziò a dipingere principalmente composizioni di sedie e finestre.
    Da lì si è evoluta nel dipingere finestre aperte con una varietà di scene dietro di esse.

    Karen Hollingsworth è nota per i suoi arrangiamenti onirici dei soggetti. Attraverso l'attenta selezione dell'artista i suoi soggetti "parlano" tra loro.