Karen Day-Vath is a self-taught artist working in oil, acrylic and mixed media. Originally a native New Yorker, she relocated to Vermont and lived there for 17 years. Karen now resides in North Myrtle Beach, SC with her husband Peter.
More contemporary than traditional and sometimes a little impressionistic, Karen likes a mix. She says, “My work is more expressionism than anything else. I follow my own rules. I like the creativity of experimentation and the freedom of expression that I feel when I paint and as the paint goes on the canvas it begins to come together.
I have no set style, my palette varies in color and I paint what I feel at the time, each painting is unique and a new experience for me. I find different ways to use the brush or knife, I play, I experiment with color and textures, I have fun.”
Having been in the restaurant business in New York City she gained a love of jazz from visiting the various jazz clubs in Greenwich Village. Some of her pieces reflect the music scene and memories of those times.
In December of 2010 her painting All that Jazz along with another of her musical paintings Let’s Jam were selected for the “Artist Mug” for Vermont Public Radio’s online membership drive for February 2011.
In 2012 “All that Jazz” was reproduced (with permission from the artist) on the music room wall at the Henry K. Oliver School in Lawrence, MA.
She has won numerous ribbons and honorable mentions for her work.
While she enjoys painting with oils, and acrylics, she also like to use textures, such as gels, sand, glue, and pretty much anything she can put on a canvas. Karen also likes to dabble in photography, digital work and iPhone painting.
She has done two step-by-step presentations for About.com a web based painting forum. Many of her original paintings are in collections throughout the US.