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Karen Gillis Taylor

“The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.”

- Jean-Jacques Rousseau


I will never run out of ideas for paintings. Yet there is another world I love to immerse myself in, and that is color. Inventive color and imaginative painting go hand in hand. I’m fascinated with why working with color brings me joy, and how a painting can transmit that same uplifting feeling to the viewer.


Although some say my color palettes are “bright”, they are rooted in observation of nature, where all great lessons for painters are learned. For every single pure and “bright” color seen on my canvas, there will be found many more toned hues and neutrals in the painting that take a back seat and keep the painting harmonious.While I love the challenge of finding a painting’s good color balance, I am selfishly enjoying the actual color reflecting back to me as the painting progresses. That’s the joy experience. I feel like a spectator as I paint.


This exhibit is unique in that it is the first time I have shown painted work alongside art quilts in a gallery setting. An artist can be just as excited to work with fabrics as with paints. Similar color, different media, textAlthough I had the classic training in “realistic” art, the drawings in my sketchbook kept reminding me that there were ideas from my imagination that needed expression. I love this quote from Einstein: “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”

I hope that the viewer will find an element  of mystery in these paintings. Some seem to have come out of a dream, certainly “Orange Reverie”, “Living by Water”, and “Piazza Anna Sara.” At some point, the painter releases the image to the spectator, and it will be up to them to discover a joyful feeling color and imagination can bring. That will be my hope.


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