Karen Wysopal is a Boston native and full time painter living in Corvallis, Oregon. She works in various mediums, always infusing her nature inspired paintings with vivid color. Her primary medium is alcohol ink, a non-water based ink known for its rich color and organic quality.
Karen’s work has been exhibited in galleries in Oregon and California.
In addition to painting, Karen runs her own greeting card business. Her fine art cards are available at retail shops throughout the country.
Buyers describe my paintings as “luminous”, “positive", "mysterious”, and"calm".
Whether you’re looking for yourself, or for a personal and treasured gift for someone special, I’m confident my paintings will speak to you too.
If you don’t find what you’re looking for in my current portfolio, I’m happy to work with you on a commissioned piece.
Your art should make you happy!
Article, Gazette Times, March 2017
Article, The Corvallis Advocate.
What Others are Saying:
"Your paintings are luminous. I love the sense of movement and energy, as well as the sense of calmness at their core. They brighten up the living room and add so much beauty. They make me happy!" -- Janice Rosenberg, buyer from Oregon
"Karen's art is unique: her method, the paper she uses and the rolling of the ink fascinate me. I had never seen anything like it. My home is very eclectic with lots of pieces collected from all around the world. Karen's art being so malleable to interpretation (super abstract) makes it the perfect complement." -- Valerie Berset-Price, buyer from Oregon
"My painting makes me happy every time I see it. I enjoy the color and the feeling of joy that my tree painting brings to my house. I also enjoy that I got to meet Karen at a Corvallis Art Walk and talk to her about her art process and see the joy that she brings to her artwork." -- Jen, buyer from Virginia
"I absolutely love my Long Lake painting. I love the unique use of the bead texture because it gives the painting more depth. It brightens up my room, and I know it will continue to make a statement in my house wherever I go." -- Becca, buyer from Oregon
"I REALLY am enjoying your piece as well as the cards I’ve been sending to others. I like the mood it seems to convey - positive and a bit mysterious. It catches my eye from across the room as well as close up when I walk by. I love it!" -- Anne Allen, buyer from Oregon
"It has given a warmth to our house. Many people are attracted to it." -- Dale Thall, buyer from Nevada
"Thank you for being a part of our 'Artistic Independence' art show. Your piece was for sure the favorite of the show. We hope to see you in upcoming shows." -- Lori McBride, Owner, Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
A Little More About Me…
A self-taught painter, I create art because connection to the world through color, pattern, and texture is grounding for me. My paintings are born of curiosity, experimentation, and my ongoing desire to try something new. While I approach some pieces from an entirely intuitive place, letting the work speak to me as it emerges, others begin with an idea or an emotion. In either case, I’m compelled by the process of creating something complex and unique by combining simple materials, and transfixed by the surprising interaction of the materials as they blend and dry. I enjoy not knowing what the outcome will be. Whether abstract or representational, a piece is complete for me when it speaks of something beyond the materials that make it up. It may evoke a place, time, emotion, memory, or simply the joy of looking at something complex and beautiful.
Art started for me with my first set of markers, sketching the buildings around me and the pets we had at home. Soon I started making my own toys out of paper, cardboard, and clay. At age 9, I wrote and illustrated an instructional guide, “Gerbils and Other Stories”, which was published in Big Rock Candy Mountain, Fall 1971.
My love affair with art continued through high school, where I learned weaving, painting, drawing, music, photography, ceramics, bookmaking, collage, beading, and creative writing. After college, I made and sold beaded jewelry.
A career in software development sidelined my art for nearly two decades. In 2015, I decided to concentrate on art full time. I enjoy long hours in the studio, working on several projects at once.