About Karen Burling

Karen is a Hampshire based artist, and works from her studio at home. Studying art from a wealth of observation from the ‘university of life’ attending many classes, workshops and demonstrations, putting individual creation and energy into each individual piece of her own, often with a slight abstraction to that of a photograph captured.

“Creating art is a very individual and emotional journey and has remained my biggest passion throughout life, a place to lose myself and be myself completely”

Karen has a huge connection to animals, in particular wildlife and the personality of family pets. Having been lucky to have worked for a number of years with British wildlife in rehabilitation. Albeit in difficult situations, been close and able to understand their characteristics and the challenges our wildlife face. Karen has also been lucky to photograph wild animals of Africa in their natural environment, and supports charities in conservation in the protection of wildlife and their environments.

Loving the energy of the great outdoors, Karen often captures her work on camera, holding memories from home, on a walk, holiday or special occasions, later creating her interpretation onto canvas, in the medium of acrylics and pastel. She loves to fill her work with energy, and the use of vibrant colours, bringing life and excitement to her work, in turn bringing a room to life!

Karen is a member of the Cross Barn art Group in Odiham, where she has gained huge confidence and knowledge, with fellow artists, experimenting from tips and techniques gained from this inspiring group and her incredibly talented tutor Jamel Akib, being a great support of her work.

Karen is a member of the Fleet and Farnham Art Society. In the annual Fleet Art Society exhibition, received a highly commended award for her painting ‘Feather Drummer’ and awarded best in show by the public vote for my ‘Winged Beats’. Karen was also delighted to be awarded with first prize from ‘The Frame’ Gallery in Odiham for her painting ‘Chase’ in the Cross Barn spring exhibition 2018.

Karen regularly exhibits her work at local galleries, and exhibitions including, Fleet, Farnham, AppArt, Cross Barn and Southern Nature, and recently at the Leatherhead Theatre Gallery and looking forward to exhibiting at the Contemporary Art Fair in Esher March 2019.

Karen has enjoyed working in collaboration with the talented wildlife artist Sally Goodden, to create colourful and engaging walls of art at the children’s Minor Injury Units in Southampton and Portsmouth.

Karen is also delighted to be 1 of the 4 members of the ‘WILD’ collaboration working with Fiona Pearce, Lisa Bartlett and Penny Fleet, who exhibited for the first time together in November 2017 at Treloar College in Alton, supporting their incredible charity, and helping to bring to life the students design for the Jane Austen bench project ‘Sitting with Jane’. ‘WILD’ are excited to be exhibiting at Gilbert White’s house from September to December 2018 and will hold various children’s workshops in the run up to the exhibition.

Karen looks forward to continuing her journey, giving pleasure through her work, welcomes your comments and commissions to create a piece you will love and will place in that presently empty lifeless space!