KARLENE VAN DEUSEN
I have always been interested in art, gardening, history and architecture. I had a dual Art/ Drafting major in high school. I pursued Art at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where I studied Graphic Design. My favorite class was the weekly field trips to paint landscapes on location. I am an avid gardener with a small greenhouse. I raise flowers, fruits and vegetables. I’m inspired by the beauty in nature and being out in the woods. I finally found a way to incorporate all my interests. That is: by painting homes, lovely gardens, and landscapes.
People seem especially drawn to my bright, cheerful watercolors. I also paint in acrylic, oil and pastel. My paintings are detail-oriented and my palette reflects my love of the pastel colors. No dreary, dark paintings for me!
I enjoy painting historic buildings and local landmarks. My specialty is commission painting of homes, gardens, farms, etc. I paint the HOME PORTRAITS from photo reference. Either the customer supplies the photos or I go out to the site and take new digital photos. The actual painting is done in my studio.