Karen Edgar is a contemporary charcoal and pastel portrait artist. Born and raised in the Carolinas, she was influenced by art and music throughout her youth, and they have always been an integral part of her life. Self-taught, and constantly experimenting with different arts and crafts, her professional career began in 1994 when she developed an exclusive aesthetic technique, originally inspired by the early era of black and white photography.
Edgar’s rare perspective provokes vivid and emotional responses, depicting subjects she viscerally connects with and which offer a commonality of emotion and insight to all who see her work. Her catalogue includes individuals and subject matter from all walks of life, capturing intimate moments of vulnerability, joy, pain, sorrow, and beauty that connect all who journey through life’s paths. It is characterized by extreme realism, incredible shading and depth, and bold compositions.
Over the course of her 21 year career Edgar has won prestigious awards in local, regional, national and international juried exhibitions, including the Daniel Smith International Faces and Places Contest. Her work has been exhibited in the Salmagundi Club in New York, NY, Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC, Collector’s Café in Myrtle Beach, SC, and numerous other venues. It has been featured in several publications and television shows, and resides in countless private residences. Karen Edgar now lives and works in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Karen Edgar’s vivid and emotionally evocative works represent images of life as we know it – and glimpses into lives we do not.