Karen Robb is a Canadian visual artist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She studied at the University of Manitoba School of Fine Arts over twenty years ago intending to forge a career as an artist, but life had other plans. Twenty-two years later, following a career in Floral Design and a stint of running a Home Daycare, Karen finally found the confidence to devote all of her creative energy to her art.
"I am not particularly comfortable with labels. So, while others might describe me as a Contemporary Abstract Expressionist, I see myself simply as an artist whose influences span many different styles of art: the Abstract, Modern, Fauvist, Post-modern and Pop Art movements. I may have shades of being a conceptualist but really, I am a formalist at heart. Essentially, I am a Colorist who has been undeniably seduced by the Fauvist ideals and forms." "Architectural designs are often the inspiration for some of my pieces. I find myself exploring the interplay between shape, line, form and space. My imagination follows the path that my brush takes me on until I finally discover where a piece is taking me.
When a dance emerges between these different forces and converge to complete the final image, I know that the work is finally done." "In the last year, the study of nature, everyday objects, daily events and personal stories have been the influences that have driven my creativity. My job has become to convey these inspirations to the viewer. As I work to share my insights about the world around me, I look to reveal the relationship between architectural design, art, nature and the female form. My hope is that these influences may spark the imagination of the viewer and take them onto another journey." "It's been for me a fascinating and rewarding process."