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

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.

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

“Finished artworks that we see and may love deeply are in a sense the relics or traces of a journey that has come and gone.”
~ Peter Nachmanovitch, “Free Play: Improvisation In Art and Life”

I have different interests or impulses in my work, from pure abstraction to automatism and abstract surrealism. I also live in an area rich with ancient rock art, which sometimes inform my work. While it is appropriate to develop a focus in one’s work, I believe it also behooves an artist to be versatile as well.

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

~ Karen Fisher, Moab, Utah

Education: Boston Architectural Center (architectural, two and three dimensional design), Massachusetts College of Art and Design (painting, printmaking). BA in philosophy, Brandeis University.

Recent Exhibitions: Moab Arts and Recreation Center (MARC), “Art Walk” exhibit, June 2016. MARC “Open Mind” exhibit, May, 2017.