Karen Joy

 Acrylic and mixed-media impressionistic and abstract landscapes 

Impressionistic acrylic painting of a moor landscape with water
An impressionistic landscape featuring clouds and land with bushes
Featuring blues, pinks and greens, an abstract depiction of a landscape
Karen started her artistic journey as a picture restorer in London before going on to study at Art College, where she focused mainly on print work. 

Art has always been a much-loved part of Karen's life, whether as a hobby or source of income, and she has developed different skills and styles throughout her art career.

Karen has developed her own style of landscape expressionism, having fallen in love with the freedom and adaptability of acrylic paint, and is currently enjoying experimenting with an abstract approach.
 
Website

Exhibitions

ART IN THE PARK
Leamington Spa 13th–14th August 2022
 

HENLEY
The Old Fire Station  August 2022

Acrylic abstract painting featuring heavy textures and blues, pinks and whites

'My work is always based on the landscape. It can be fairly representational or lean more towards abstraction.
I can never tell at the beginning of a painting how it will evolve, but allow myself to go to the canvas or board with a free mind knowing that whatever I paint, it is not only about the landscape, but more importantly my feelings towards it, using colour marks and layers to convey the enormous depth that there is both visually and emotionally within the landscape.
My work is not only about the view, but about the feelings I experienced while I painted.'

Acrylic abstract landscape painting featuring greens, blues, pinks and whites
 

Karen Joy on the podcast – painting landscapes with acrylics and experimenting with abstracts

When Karen Joy’s boys grew up, she had a ‘niggling feeling’, and joined a watercolour class. But that is a far cry from the acrylic paintings she is so passionate about now. Find out about her journey from printmaking, picture restoration, horses and family to acrylic landscape and abstract painting.

Listen here

Blog posts from our members

What IS Bargello embroidery?

May 09, 2022

2022 is looking crafty in Hampshire, thanks to Creatful

Dec 10, 2021