Greetings friends and collectors, and welcome to the Official Website for Artist Karen Wheeler.
Here you will be able to view her most recent paintings as well as many older pieces she did while developing her style. Over the past few years she has changed her technique and palette of colors in order to keep her work fresh and always evolving.
Feel free to visit the gallery sections where you will find two completely different arenas of work - Serious paintings, which hinge on photo realism with just a touch of Surrealism in some cases, and Humorous paintings, where the title and/or image lean toward sarcasm and quite possibly the warped. Karen hides a rose in every painting executed after 1986, so take a tour through the gallery and see how well you can spot the placement of these sometimes obvious and sometimes not so obvious beautiful flowers.
Take a minute to check out her original greeting cards. The paintings they were taken from were quite popular in their own right, and the cards are sold throughout the West Coast.
This site also contains a complete biography and show record. It spans almost three decades of work and exhibits comprised of one-woman shows and shows with various art groups around California and Nevada. Another area will take you through every step of how the painting Bat Masterson was created with complete artist notes. Karen's Graduate Show (where it all started) is also available for viewing with pictures from the actual exhibit in 1981.
Karen has co-created a new website with close friend William Schnell called Go Hit Yourself (www.GoHitYourself.com). The purpose of this site is to educate persons with disabilities so that their lives can be better and to illuminate the situations of disabled persons for the able-bodied.
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The Creation of "In Todd We Trust"
Artist Karen Wheeler gives insight into the creation of her masterwork watercolor painting: "In Todd We Trust." This portrait of rocker Todd Kerns was painstakingly completed by Karen over several hundred studio hours.
Available in full color paperback and hardcover.