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Karen Krieger

 

According to Chinese Taoist thinking, the Tao reflects the way things exist in nature and the world in general. Everything has its own distinctive quality of being that cannot be expressed adequately through words or meanings. As a painter, I aim to convey a semblance of this natural order and expression which I find difficult to articulate into words instead of images. I approach my work by taking cues from the natural flow and organic patterns that I create on the paper or canvas. The Chinese refer to this expression as “wu wei” – that is acting without contrived effort and following an internal movement.

Through my paintings I harmonize both intentional brush strokes and pigment with a natural order or flow. The painting begins to come together when there is a unified balance and rhythm between the unplanned movement of the pigment and an intuitive attention to the imagery. My goal is not to replicate an outer realism of a landscape but rather to capture the essence of a mountain range, the depth of water, or the feeling of mist. I view empty spaces on the canvas as breath or what the Chinese refer to as “chi”.


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Ember Light VIII

  Ink and rice paper on canvas       24 x 12"

Glacial Divide II, 

 Ink and rice paper on canvas   24 x 24"

Ember Light VII

  Ink and rice paper on canvas   24 x 12"

Bottomless Ridge

ink and rice paper on canvas, 24 x 8"

 

Bottomless Ridge II

 Ink and rice paper on canvas     24 x 8"

Bottomless Ridge III

Ink and rice paper on canvas     24 x 8"

 

Afternoon Storm I

  Mixed media on birch panel   18 x 18"

 

Autumn Mist V

encaustic on panel            30 x 20"

Afternoon Storm II

  Mixed media on birch panel    18 x 18"

 

Ember Light V, 2016 

Ink and rice paper on linen      12 x 12 "

Firth

ink and pigment on canvas    8 x 24"

 

Ember Light VI

 Ink and rice paper on linen 12 x 12"

Province Lands II

ink and pigment on canvas    24 x 24"

 

Glacial Divide

ink w/ mixed media on canvas     30 x 40"

Retract

ink and pigment on canvas    24 x 24"

Climbing Orchid Mountain I

encaustic on panel             24 x 11.75 "

 

Glacial Divide III

  Ink and rice paper on canvas    18 x 18"

Climbing Orchid Mountain II

encaustic on panel             24 x 11.75 "

 

 

Moon Adrift

  Ink and rice paper on canvas      18 x 18"

 

 

 

Ember Light I

Ink and rice paper on canvas       24 x 36"

 

Glacial Divide IV

ink and rice paper on canvas  12 x 12"

Mist Adrift II

ink with mixed media  on canvas  20 x 16 "

 

Lit Distances

Encaustic on birch panel    22  x 10"

 

Autumn Mist III

Encaustic on birch panel      24 x 18 "

 

Mist Cutting Deep III 

Ink and rice paper on canvas   18 x 18"

 

Ember Light II

 Ink and rice paper on canvas     20 x 18" 

Crystal Gorge

  Ink and rice paper on canvas 18 x 18"

Mist Cutting Deep V

  Ink and rice paper on canvas   36 x 18"

 

Cinnabar Mist

Encaustic w/ mixed media on birch panel  36 x 24 "

 

Mist Cutting Deep IV

Ink and rice paper on canvas   36 x 18"

 

Snowy Heights II

 Ink and rice paper on canvas    24 x 12 "

Ember Light III

Ink and rice paper on canvas  36 x 12"

 

Bottomless Ridge IV

 Ink and rice paper on canvas   24 x 8" 

Ember Light IV  

Ink and rice paper on canvas   24 x 36

Snowy Heights   

Ink and rice paper on canvas    36 x 18"

 

 

Breath of Mist

ink and pigment on canvas  9 x 12"

 

 

Silent Peak I

 Ink and rice paper on canvas   18 x 18"

Canyon Ledge II

ink with mixed media on canvas    48 x 24"

 

Silent Peak II

  Ink and rice paper on canvas   18 x 18"

Cold Cloud Peaks II

Encaustic on birch panel   20 x 16"

 

Heaven Pillar Peaks II

 encaustic on birch panels  12 x 12  "

 

Adrift

mixed media on birch panel         28 x 12"

 

Shan Shui II

mixed media with ink, rice paper on canvas  24 x 10 "

 

Constellation Mountain I

ink with color on canvas  24 x 36"

 

Shan Shui I

mixed media with ink, rice paper on canvas  24 x 10 "


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