Karen Shelton
  Watercolor / Collage / Mixed Watermedia

      As an artist, Karen Shelton achieves paintings that emit and evince a human experience. Her subject matter consists of the everyday, and yet she has mastered that quality that makes a painting successful.  She reaches further, beyond the abstract and the representational, into an intimate spirituality that consists of her individual way of seeing things balanced against the personal experiences that each viewer brings to his interaction with her paintings.
      In building her compositions of beautiful and comfortable common objects, Karen Shelton challenges the complacency with which we as viewers see and by-pass these very subjects.  She is not building static still-life scenes, but vignettes that see a dramatic play between light and dark; between treasured and overlooked.
      In addition to the many private and corporate collections that boast her work, she has watercolors in the permanent collections of the Portsmouth Museum in Portsmouth, Virginia, and the Caswell Council for Arts and History in North Carolina.  Karen Shelton currently shows her work at outdoor shows and festivals, and at her studio in south Boston, Virginia.
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Tulips and Tangerines, Karen Shelton
Tulips and Tangerines
15" x 23"
Whispering Hope, Karen Shelton
Whispering Hope
24" x 19"

Inner Sanctum III, Karen Shelton
Inner Sanctum III
12" x 20"
Personal Statement:
      God gave a me gift that I have enjoyed all my life; and now, feeling more grateful and taking it more seriously, I am working hard to cultivate and improve on that desire.  I admire artists who bring the hurts of the world to our attention; but I personally need to express my love and appreciation for the beauty of life. I am presently painting still lifes – objects and flowers that, for me and hopefully my audience, evoke warm feelings of family, serenity and even spirituality.
      I am not trying to make a statement with my art other than to appreciate the everyday world around me...the beauty of the fruits of the earth and the love of family and those that came before me.  

Karen Shelton is a signature member of the Virginia Watercolor Society and the Southern Watercolor Society. 

Recent exhibitions:
2007 AAWS National, Winston-Salem, NC
Hilton Head National, Hilton Head, SC
2005 Virginia Watercolor Society Annual Show, Charlottesville, VA
Southern Watercolor Society Annual Show, Panama City, FL
Avenue of the Arts, Charlotte, NC
Sidewalk Art Show, Roanoke, VA
2004 Arts Alive, Ocean City, MD
Avenue of the Arts, Charlotte, NC
2003 Challenge of Champions, Houston, TX
Centerfest, Durham, NC
2002 Solo Exhibition at This Century Gallery, Williamsburg, Virginia (formerly Twentieth Century Gallery)
Southern Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition
Virginia Watercolor Society Members' Show

Recent awards and distinctions:
2007 Judges Choice Award, Mt. Gretna Art Show, Mt. Gretna, Penn.
Best in Fine Art, Art at the Meadow, Chapel Hill, NC
Award of Distinction, Art on the Lawn, Danville, Va
Best Watercolor Award, Sidewalk Art Show, Roanoke , Va.
Judge's Choice/Best Watercolor Award, Arts Alive, Ocean City, Maryland
2006 "The Gordon Neal Memorial Award" Art on the Lawn, Danville, Virginia
"Best in Show", Whalehead Club Arts Festival, Corolla, NC
2005 Best in Show, Avenue of the Arts, Charlotte, NC
Award of Distinction, Art on the Lawn, Danville, VA
Allen Ingles Palmer (Best Watercolor Award), Sidewalk Art Show, Roanoke, VA
2004 John Will Creasy Memorial Award, Best Watercolor; Sidewalk Art Show, Roanoke, VA
Best Watercolor Arts Alive, Ocean City, MD
Published: invited to be included in "How Did You Paint That? 100 Ways to Paint Flowers & Gardens "
2002 First Place Watercolor, Avenue of the Arts, Charlotte, NC
People's Choice Award, Virginia Watercolor Society's 23rd Jurored Exhibition
Winsor-Newton Award, Southern Watercolor Society
Best In Show, Danville Art League, Members Only
Best-in-Show, Daffodil Festival, Gloucester, VA
Contact Karen at:
P.O. Box 731
South Boston, VA. 24592
E-MAIL: karensshelton@halifaxva.net

©2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 by Virginia Watercolor Society.
The rights to individual art works remain solely with the artists.

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