Karen Watkins

This is the art portfolio of full time artist Karen Watkins. Her paintings are colorful and have whimsical illustrative imagery. Her paintings also are surreal, strange, and many times have a narrative or symbolism theme. Many of her paintings also depict simple subjects such as cute animals or trees. She also makes handmade dry felted soft sculptures usually of animals and woodland scenes out of roving and keeping in the style of her paintings. She was born in Indiana and came to Columbus, Ohio to study art at Columbus College of Art and Design. She earned a Bachelor degree in illustration at CCAD in 2002. She now resides in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with her husband Carl and cats Cleo and Calvin. She exhibits her art mostly in galleries Please contact her at karenmwatkins@hotmail.com if you are interested in her work.

Exhibitions and Representation:

October 2018 - Guest Artist at Valkarie Gallery in Lakewood, Colorado

February 2018 - Preview Show at Valkarie Gallery in Lakewood, Colorado

February 2017 - September 2017 Present Representation at Kasum Contemporary Fine Art in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Gallery Closed

December 2016 - January 2017 "Wishlist" Group Show at Speakeasy Art Gallery in Boonton, New Jersey

April 2013 - August 2017 at 45 Degree Gallery in Colorado Springs, Colorado

May 2010 - Present - Part Owner and Artist of Carl Bork and Karen Watkins Studio/Gallery in Salida, Colorado

August 2015 - Artwork displayed backstage at Gentlemen of the Road Music Festival in Salida, Colorado

December 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2007 "Fancy Tiger's Holiday Handmade" Juried Alternative Arts and Crafts Show in Denver, Colorado

November 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009 Annual Solo Show at Tea and Cakes in Boulder, Colorado October 6th, 2012 "Fall Horseshoe

Market" Juried Art and Vintage Market in Denver, Colorado August 2012 "IndyInk's 10th Anniversary" Group Show at IndyInk in Denver, Colorado May

2012 "Aquatic Beings" Solo Show at The Shoppe in Denver, Colorado March 2012 "Square Footage" Group Show at Plastic Chapel in Denver, Colorado

November 2011- January 2012 "Small Stuff 5" at Bear and Bird Gallery in Lauderhill, Florida

May 2011 Solo Show at Mod Livin' in Denver, Colorado

April-May 2011 Solo Show at The Shoppe in Denver, Colorado

October-November 2010 "Dia de Los Muertos" Group Show at Studio 12 in Denver Colorado

July 2010 "None Other" Group Show at Indy Ink in Denver, Colorado

January 2010 "Pabst Blue Ribbon Art Show" Group Show at Indy Ink in Denver, Colorado

November-December 2009 "Astatine" Group show at Halogen Gallery in Seattle, Washington

November-December 2009 "Critters" Group Show at Bailey Gallery in Los Angeles, California

November 2009- "Where the Wild Things Art" Group Show at Illiterate Magazine in Denver, Colorado

March-April 2009- Solo Show at Plastic Chapel "Fatally Cute: New Art by Karen Watkins" in Denver, Colorado