About Karen Burling

I am a Hampshire based artist, working from my studio at home. Studying art from a wealth of observation. Attending many classes, workshops and demonstrations, I like to combine learned techniques with individual creation, often with a dramatic or even abstract approach to that of a photograph captured.

‘Creating art is a very individual and emotional journey and has remained my biggest passion, a place to lose myself and be myself completely’

I have a huge connection to wildlife and nature, in particular the strong characteristics of animal instinct, in thriving and equally vulnerable situations. To bring out the personality and sheer beauty of my subject, that is totally unaware of it, is my passion. I have been lucky to photograph and capture some incredible moments with wild animals in their natural environment, holding these moments, later creating my interpretation in the medium of acrylic and pastels. I love the use of vibrant colour to bring energy and excitement to my work, to captivate my audience and bring a room to life!

I support charities in conservation and the protection of our wildlife and their environments.

I am a member of various Art Societies, and exhibit work through local galleries and exhibitions including Fleet, Farnham, AppArt, the Leatherhead Theatre Gallery and recently at a number of Art Fairs.

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

I am also delighted to be one of the 4 members of the ‘WILD’ collaboration working with Fiona Pearce, Lisa Bartlett and Penny Fleet, all exhibited for the first time together at Treloar College in Alton in November 2017, supporting their incredible charity, and helping to bring to life the students design for the Jane Austen bench project ‘sitting with Jane’. Wild’ also exhibited at Gilbert White’s House as a collaboration in 2018, and will be holding an exhibition a the Leatherhead Theatre Gallery in November/December of 2019.

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