Karen Fedderson Fine Art ~

Karen Fedderson - Landscape Oil Painter

karen scetching in the sea

Raised in Venice, California, I have lived by the ocean all my life. I have a deep love for the Pacific Coast, which is expressed in my oil paintings. Through art classes in college I was able to study art in Europe.
In my current series, "Landscapes by the Sea" and "Visions of the California Coast", the focus is on the magnificent landforms and plant life that occur in the unique light and atmosphere of California's coastal areas. The paintings are charged with emotion. In some works the pounding surf, the whipping winds and the rugged cliffs inspire me. These represent the California coast at its wildest. Other pieces show a very peaceful, tranquil view of the seaside. All of my paintings represent an event in a time and place that I experienced and wanted to express on canvas.

About the Painting ProcessKaren Fedderson Studio

My love of nature, especially the California coastal landscape, is my inspiration. I spend a lot of time out and about looking and sketching. Finding the right location and time of day is key and then to work out a composition that best represents what I'm seeing. Then take all my collected information - photos, sketches and color notes and start the painting in the studio.
The actual painting begins with a quick layout of the composition and basic color areas on the canvas. When this first layer or under painting is dry I will begin the many layers that make up the final piece. The finished work will usually have ten to twelve glazed layers of paint. Each of the layers is painted with Gamblin oils. Every layer is allowed to dry before the next is applied to keep the colors rich and vibrant. If oils are painted wet on wet they tend to sink into each other and blend on their own, often dulling the intended coloration. I will refer to the photos that were taken and bring out some of the interesting details of the original scene. The larger paintings take months to complete. I usually have four to six paintings in progress at a time in my studio.

SELECTED SHOWS, AWARDS AND EXHIBITIONS

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural Hitory Invitational exhibit Artists' Table, October 2 to Sunday, October 10, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM, 2021

Santa Barbara Studio Artists – Open Studios Tour - Labor Day Weekend, 2021

Wildling Museum Juried exhibition Art from the Trail: Exploring the Natural Beauty of Santa Barbara County, April 17 - October 3, 2021

Annual SLOPOKE Fine Art Exhibit of the West, Flags up Farm, Solvang, Juried exhibition, September 2019

Santa Barbara Studio Artists – Open Studios Tour - Labor Day Weekend, 2019

S.C.A.P.E. "SB Maritime Museum Art Exhibit", People Choice Award, July 2019

Santa Barbara Studio Artists – Open Studios Tour - Labor Day Weekend, 2018

Solo Exhibit in the Carr Winery Barrel Room, July 14th 6-9 pm, 2018

S.C.A.P.E. "SB Maritime Museum Art Exhibit", #rd Place winner, July 2018

Santa Barbara Studio Artists – Open Studios Tour - Labor Day Weekend, 2017

Solo Show Divine Inspiration Gallery of Fine Art "A Walk on the Beach" - July and August 2017

Corridan Gallery, "Out on the Coast", Solo Exhibit, February 2017

Santa Barbara Studio ArtistsDistinctive Art Gallery- Group show, February 2017

Lozono's Jewelry – Solo Show, November 2016 - April 2017

7th Annual SLOPOKE Fine Art Event – Juried exhibitor, October 2016

Santa Barbara Studio Artists – Open Studios Tour - Labor Day Weekend, 2016

Distinctive Art Gallery – Group show juried- June - July, 2016

S.C.A.P.E. "Art Along the Creek" , May 23rd, 2015

Santa Barbara Studio Artists – Open Studios Tour - Labor Day Weekend, 2015

S.C.A.P.E. "Art Along the Creek" – Beneficiarys Award, May 24th, 2014

Santa Barbara Studio Artists – Open Studios Tour - Labor Day Weekend, August, 2014

S.C.A.P.E. "Art Along the Creek" – Peoples Choice Award, May 2th, 2013

Santa Barbara Studio Artists – Open Studios Tour - Labor Day Weekend, August, 2013

Carpinteria Educational Foundation – "The Beauty Surrounds Us" – Fundraising Solo Exhibit – 2009 - 2014

Corridan Gallery, "A Larger View", Solo Exhibit, May 17 through July 7, 2012

Santa Barbara Studio Artists – Open Studios Tour - August, 2012

California Art Club, "Art Between the Lines", juried exhibition: Hennessey + Ingalls, November 19 - January 15, 2012

California Art Club, juried exhibition: Marston's Restaurant, June - August, 2011

SBAA, "Summer Show" Juried exhibit, Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center, Award first prize, July 2011

California Art Club, "Surfs Up" juried exhibition: at the Historic Blinn House, April 17 - August 11, 2011

S.C.A.P.E. "Art Along the Creek" – People Choice Award, May 2th - 30th, 2011

Santa Barbara Studio Artists – Open Studios Tour - August, 2010

California Art Club, "Surfs Up" juried exhibition: at the Historic Blinn House, April 17 - August 11, 2010

Art Foundation of Santa Barbara, fund raiser - Invitational - October 23rd-30th, 2009

Santa Barbara Studio Artists – Open Studios Tour - September 5th &6th, 2009

Fresco Cafe at 5points, Santa Barbara- Solo Exhibit, August - October, 2009

O.P.A. – Western Regional Jured Exhibition - Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA - August, 2009

S.C.A.P.E. "Along Mission Creek" – 1st Place Oil & Best of Theme, May 23rd & 24th, 2009

Divine Inspiration Gallery, Santa Barbara – "Looking Back" Two Woman Show – November 15th - February 28th, 2009

Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara – "Hidden Treasure" - Solo Exhibit – October, 2008

Corridan Gallery, Santa Barbara- "Poetry on Canvas" – Solo Exhibit – September, 2008

Santa Barbara Studio Artists – Open Studios Tour - August 30th &31st, 2008

Community West Bank, Santa Barbara – "View of the Coast" – Solo Exhibit – March-July, 2008

Lake House Galleries – North Hollywood – The Lake House Group – April-July, 2008

The Arts Fund Gallery of Santa Barbara – "Across the Board" – Invitational Exhibit – February, 2008

Santa Barbara Studio Artists – Open Studios Tour - September, 2007

Corridan Gallery, Santa Barbara- "Lasting Impressions" Painters of the Golden Coast, by invitation – June, 2007

Gallery Los Olivos, Los Olivos, CA- "New Perspectives 2007" – February, 2007

Gallery Los Olivos, Los Olivos, CA- "Landscapes by the Sea" Solo Exhibit – November, 2006

Santa Barbara Studio Artists – Open Studios Tour - September, 2006

Divine Inspiration Gallery, Carpinteria – "Visions of the Golden Coast" Solo Exhibit – Summer, 2006

Corridan Gallery, Santa Barbara – "The Painter's Eye" five award winning regional landscape painters, by invitation - May, 2006

La Arcada SCAPE Spring Show – Juried Exhibition, Juror: Jeff Sojka, Director Trowbridge Gallery - May, 2006

Benefit for the Environmental Defense League Corridan Gallery, Santa Barbara – "A Benefit Art Exhibit for Transition House" Group Show sponsored by Santa Barbara Studio Artists – March, 2006

El Encanto Hotel – Santa Barbara "Enchanting Paintings of the Season" Juried Selection, "Golden Moment" chosen as featured painting for advertising the exhibit – October 2005 January 2006

Gallery 113 - Santa Barbara –Benefit for "Heal the Ocean"- Juried Exhibition - November, 2005

Santa Barbara Natural History Museum – Artwalk 2005- "Saltwater with John Comer & SCAPE– Juried Exhibition – September 2005

Santa Barbara Studio Artists – Open Studios Tour - September, 2005

Gallery 113 – Santa Barbara – " The Magic Hour", Featured Artist of the Month, One Person Show, Selected by Jury – May 2005

La Arcada SCAPE Spring Show – Juried Exhibition, Juror: B. Eric Rhoads, Publisher Plein Air Magazine - May 2005 Benefit for the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Corridan Gallery, Santa Barbara – "Visions of Paradise", Four Landscape Artists, March – April, 2005

Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara – SBAA Holiday Show – December 2004 Corridan Gallery, Santa Barbara - "Spirit of Land & Sea", Group Show, November – Decembe,r 2004

La Arcada SCAPE Exhibit - Juried Exhibition, Juror: Hank Pitcher - November, 2004 - Benefit for the Coal Oil Point Reserve

Gallery 113 - Santa Barbara –Benefit for "Heal the Ocean"- Juried Exhibition, Juror: Nicole Strasburg, - November, 2004

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History - Artwalk ,2004 - Juried Exhibition, Jurors: Patti Jacquemain and Jill Vander Hoof, September, 2004

The Arts Fund – 16th Individual Artist Awards – Juried competition – Finalist – Paintings Division, August, 2004

Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center, Santa Barbara – "Watershed " – Juried Exhibition, Juror: Arturo Tello Benefit for the Community Environmental Council" - August, 2004

Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center, Santa Barbara – "Summer; Santa Barbara" – Honorable Mention Award Juried Exhibition, Juror: Ralph Waterhouse - June, 2004

Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort - "Art Santa Barbara ,2004" – First Prize Award – Juried Exhibition, Juror: Ken Jewison, Benefit for St. Vincent's - May, 2004

La Arcada SCAPE Spring Show – Juried Exhibition, Juror: Bonnie Ganglehoff - May, 2004

Gallery 113, Santa Barbara - "Landscapes by the Sea", Mezzanine Show - May, 2004

Ojai Center for the Arts, Ojai - "California Dreaming", One Person Show - March, 2004

Fielding Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara,– "Liquid Visions", Invitational Exhibition, March – May 2004, Paul & Susanne Leasure, Guest Curators

Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara - One Person Show, "Visions of the California Coast", Juried Selection - January 2004

Corridan Gallery, Ojai -"Holiday Sampler", Group Show, November - December, 2003

Corridan Gallery, Ojai -"Landscapes by the Sea", One Person Show, June - August ,2003

Ojai Center for the Arts –57th Annual Ojai Festival, "Art in the Park", Juried Exhibition - June, 2003

Step One Art Gallery, Carpinteria - "September Scene", Juror: Ray Strong - September, 2002

Primavera Art Festival and SCAPE - Santa Barbara, "Primavera at La Arcada", Juried Exhibition, Juror: Suzanne Muchnic, Los Angeles Times art reviewer - May, 2002

Step One Art Gallery, Carpinteria - "Spring Show" – Juried Exhibition, Juror: Frank Goss, Guest Curator, Wildling Museum - April, 2002

Ojai Center for the Arts –55th Annual Ojai Festival, "Art in the Park", Juried Exhibition - June, 2001

MEMBERSHIPS

Santa Barbara Studio Artists - Artist Member, 2005-2021
.......... Member of the Board of Directors 2005-2010, 2015 - 2018. President 2009
Associate Member Oil Painters of America, 2009 - 2012
Associate Member California Art Club, 2009 - 2013
Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment - (S.C.A.P.E.) Artist Member, 2004-2021
Santa Barbara Art Association- Artist Member, 2003-2018
Gallery Los Olivos - Artist Member, 2004-2007, Board Member/Treasurer 2007
Ojai Center for the Arts, Ojai, California - Artist Member, 2000-2001, 2003-2004
Step One Art Gallery, Carpinteria, California - Artist Member, 2000-2003

Karen@Fedderson-Fineart.com
125 North Milpas Street, Santa Barbara CA 93103
(805) 966-7939
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