Karen Hollingsworth is known for her unique light, airy WindowScapes. In the past the artist painted interior spaces, now she includes an open window that acts as a portal into the space beyond. Her large oil paintings often depict subject matter that is fairly minimal, chairs and ordinary interior settings, however what attracts many viewers is the mysticism evoked by the movement of the air and the ocean breeze through the curtains.
For Karen, a painting is about the feeling it evokes. Although there are no figures present in her WindowScapes, it is difficult to deny the implications of vacant chairs in such an empty space. She is interested in creating the “impression” of looking through a room and seeing the world outside.
“I love to create paintings that evoke a sense of the familiar,” says Karen. “My goal is to blend the common objects of everyday life, within the interior of a room, then add a glimpse of the ocean or a mountain range through an open window. My WindowScapes are intended to provide the viewer with a sense of solitude and well being. A comfortable world bathed in sunlight and warm breezes. For me, a painting is successful if I wish I were there.”