Karen Tusinski's painting, "Blue Poppies from Home," was inspired by two elements: an unconventional canvas size and a fresh palette of blue poppies. To fill the long vertical canvas, the artist built a lyrical composition from the spindly stems of the poppies. Then she developed a harmonious tonal range of blues, greens, turquoises and creams to construct the floral scene. The artist then subjected the painting to a series of reactions. She explains, "Once the painting dried, I glazed it with different tones to counteract the temperature of the poppies. This practice is indicative of how I paint - layer by layer, I build up a series of reactions and responses upon a canvas."
Karen Tusinski is a painter who lives and works in Rockport, MA, and has exhibited extensively throughout the Northeast. In her work, Tusinski subscribes to the natural contrast found in our world. Geometric and organic forms play together in each piece, combining in an energized abstraction. Common themes include bright poppies in a variety of color schemes, pebble-strewn beaches with tranquil seas, and recurring circular patterns in both abstracts and expressive still-lifes. Tusinski’s work offers pleasing tonal relationships between common motifs and patterns inspired by nature. Her keen observation of the seemingly ordinary allows the viewer a new lens to hold against everyday images, from horizon lines to buds to bowls.