Karen Eastman

Karen Eastman

Contemporary expressions based on natural forms and how they relate to the human experience.

  • Painting
ARTIST BIO

I am intrigued by line and how it creates movement and emotion in a composition.  I remember an art assignment that I had when I was younger where we were asked to divide our paper into quadrants and draw a line in each box that portrayed an emotion.  A sharp jagged line could express anger, a slow looping line could express joy.  I was fascinated by this.  It has now become the foundation for all my compositions.   I love the flow of a line, how they can come together in harmony, or move away from one another to create expansiveness.  I use these lines to help me simplify something as intricate as nature‚Äôs forms and the human form. It is a way for me to capture the essence of an element without feeling too overwhelmed by its complexity.   The viewing experience becomes more intimate and interpretive by painting segments and close up views of these natural forms.  I want the painting to feel alive, yet soothing. I create each composition from the inside out, depicting what I am experiencing as opposed to what I literally see in front of me.