I think you know another artists work is special when you purchase a piece for yourself
A few years ago before I started working with local galleries, I walked into Gatakers Artspace to see their latest exhibitions. I didn’t get far passed the front door before I was completely captivated by a group of incredible sculpted angles. As a lover of vintage and long time op-shopaholic, I LOVED all the vintage pieces that Karen Roberts had combined to create her unique angles.
Each one had it’s own sweet personality. They were made up of carefully sculptured little faces and bodies made from all sorts of wonderful treasures that Karen had found in her travels. It was hard to choose just one, but eventually a little angel came home with me.
Fast forward a year and I am working at the Regional Gallery in Hervey Bay. A lady walked in with bright red hair, a rainbow of coloured clothing and a beaming smile. She was just gorgeous I couldn’t take my eyes off her! She introduced herself as Karen, an artist who had moved from Darwin and was looking for places to display her art in the Fraser Coast. As she opened her bag and pulled out her artworks to show me my eyes lit up! This was the artist who’s work had enchanted me. I excitedly told I already owned her work and she was thrilled.
This was the start of my love affair with Karen’s work, which I love even more now that I know her in person. She has a generosity of spirit and freely shares her knowledge and passion with others. I think Karen is a lot like her art, one of a kind, exuberant, colourful and I am sure she has little wings tucked away somewhere too!
I later found Karen also makes divine mermaid cushions and paints as well (talk about being greedy when God handed out talent).
Karen is a very active part of the local arts scene in the Fraser Coast. She runs workshops and is part of the Regional Arts and Tutors group as well as Artslink. She inspires many with her prolific ability to create new artworks. A visit to Karen’s Workshop is a treat. All her creatures are coming to life among the seemingly endless shelves of colorful materials, beads, paints and vintage treasures.
Pop over to her Facebook Page to see her latest creations, there is something new there every week and it is always a treat to meet her latest creature.
“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people” – Leo Burnett