Karen Merkin


As a child growing up at the New Jersey shore, art was always an important part of Karen’s life. She loved copying detailed pictures from books. When she got married, her husband encouraged her to try oil painting and she was hooked.

“I have always been fascinated with color and the subtlety of light and shadow on those colors. I especially like to focus on the details of everyday objects. I sometimes work from still lifes that I set up in my studio. But more often I prefer to observe a scene while wandering along a city street or a farmers market or even a store window display. The highest praise comes when someone tells me an image in my painting looks so real they feel they can reach out and touch it.”

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