Karen Wood


"I like to take the patterns and images I see around me and combine and layer them in the same way that the music I listen to does. If you listen to music, all the instrumental tracks by themselves sound different, yet when combined, sound as one. Repeated listenings bring out new things you not have noticed in earlier ones. That's what I go for visually. After all, when you think about it, art is basically music for the eyes."


Hand-painted Delft tiles

The loose un-even quality of this faux technique makes painted Delft tiles an ideal decorative effect for the beginner or inexperienced do-it-yourselfer.

Irregular lines and hand painted renderings add character and old world charm, easily achieved without any prior painting experience.

more decorative treatments


I was born in Long Beach, CA, USA,1960
Currently reside in Big Bear Lake, CA, USA

Studied under Hazel Baxter 1976-79

Studied under Ed Runci 1979
B.A. Fine Art Cal-State San Bernardino 1979-84

Big Bear High School Open House 1976-79

Big Bear Lake Art Association Art Shows 1977-92

College Senior Art Exhibit 1984

One Person Exhibit at the Photo Store in Big Bear Lake Dec.1998-part of Jan.1999

One Person Exhibit at St. Columbas’ Episcopal Church Aug. 12, 19, & 26, 2001

Art on the Lake II Aug. 18-20,2000


“UFO’s & ET’s; Aliens Among Us”, USA, 1997

“The End Of All Travels”, Germany, 2000

“Rats and Mice: Think Twice”, Germany, 2001


Big Bear High School Open House won 1st place 1977-79

Big Bear Art Association Art Show 1992, 1st place 2 categories, 3rd best of show


My art hangs in at least 10 different homes

St. Columba’s Episcopal Church


Wildlife mural at Pine Summit Conservative Baptist Camp, Big Bear Lake

Graphic Mural at Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center, San Bernardino

Cat with Books painting on door of Barter Books, Big Bear City, CA


The Journalistic Adventures of Ronaldo Gilvera, Self-Published from 1991-2002

Editorial Cartoon about the O.J. Simpson Murders, San Bernardino Sun, 1994

Cover Art for J-card of “Living Books” Steve Andrews, music cassette




"Paint generously and unhesitatingly, for it is better not to lose the first impression"  

Camille Pissaro  1830-1903




Karen Wood

Artist Statement

My art is influenced by M.C. Escher & Salvador Dali, and the way they bend, break up, and reassemble the world around them. My art is about using patterns and/or images from music, nature, and man-made to break up space and combine images in such a way that they exist in the same space simultaneously. It’s also about taking images that people take for granted and showing them in a whole new way, that one may have not thought of before, and doing it in such a way that the audience can see something new in each viewing that perhaps they didn’t see the first time. Doing so keeps the piece interesting and worth seeing over and over again.

Samples of my art, art statement, plus contact info. More art to be added, so keep checking in.

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