About the Artist

 

I am an artist presently living and working in S. E. Utah. This is my web site to present some of my work.

Having initially studied painting at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in the mid 1980s I am now finally returning to visual art, after having also pursued dance and music.

It is wonderful that, with so much contemporary focus on digital technologies, there is still a space for expressions to be hand painted on canvas as has been done for centuries.

We each have our unique vision or expression of our world, be it outer or inner. Each of us is intrinsically an artist. It’s merely a matter of finding our particular métier.

“The abstraction is often the most definite form for the intangible thing in myself that I can only clarify in paint.”
~ Georgia O’Keefe

Abstract art, beginning with the Cubist movement of Braque and Picasso, gradually freed the artist’s vision from the outwardly perceived world to seek inner dimensions, the spirit. I am inspired by the full history of modern art: from the fauvism of Matisse, Surrealism, constructivism and the suprematism of Malevich, Popova,  and Kandinsky, abstract expressionism,  Georgia O’Keefe and Mark Rothko, and on to more contemporary artists such as Jake Berthot, Susan Rothenberg, and Elizabeth Murray.

Art is an endless conversation. And from an awareness of that conversation, I seek my own vision or voice.

“The painting rises from the brushstrokes as a poem rises from the words. The meaning comes later.”
~ Joan Miro

My paintings are a kind of visual music, each an improvisation. As an initial idea, theme, or motif is set down, the basic wholeness of the blank surface — like silence in music — is broken. As I work, relationships emerge, possibilities which may seem potentially endless. The shape of the work gradually tells me what it wants to be, as if pursuing its own telos, the muse seemingly driving the process with I just serving to be her or its vehicle. The plethora of visual ideas is gradually winnowed down to a singular image or vision. I work in Acrylic, Oil, and mixed media.

Art for me is exploration, process, and discovery of things which I still do not know.

~ Karen Fisher, Moab, Utah

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