“Energetic, intuitive mark-making and an emotional, process-driven approach to painting characterize my work. The paintings are energetically rendered studies, often based on fragments of landscape imagery, that reflect my emotional connection to beauty and place. Working in a consciously-unconscious manner and playing with a bold palette, my intention with this work is to visually ignite poetic memory, question, and mystery for the viewer.”
Award-winning Providence-based artist Karen Rand Anderson graduated with honors from Rhode Island School of Design in 1977 with a BFA in ceramics, and in 2010 received her MFA in mixed-media studio art through the Vermont Studio Center/Northern Vermont University graduate degree program in Johnson, VT.
Karen’s deep involvement with visual art has spanned many different mediums, including glass, ceramics, painting, and sculptural work with natural and found materials, and is influenced by a connection with the natural world and a personal inquiry into mystery. As a painter, Karen's recent work focuses on an exploration of landscape moving forward into abstraction, informed by intuitive mark-making, layering of color, gestural brushwork, and spontaneity. Her earlier sculptural work utilized natural materials combined with appropriated objects; large-format drawings reference her sculptures, both visually and conceptually. Anderson’s work has won numerous awards and is shown in solo, invitational and juried shows throughout New England, as well as further afield. She has completed artist residencies at Vermont Studio Center, I-Park Artists Enclave (CT) and in Bulgaria, and was awarded an artist residency at Chateau Orquevaux in France in 2018. Professional affiliations include artist membership at the Providence Art Club and elected artist membership in Art League Rhode Island, where she has also served on the Board of Directors.