the art of Karen schaefer
The healing qualities intrinsic to artistic expression are of deep interest to me. Art has served as an emotional outlet and therapeutic process throughout my life. At times the visceral act of making art is more important to me than the final creation. Watercolor, collage, acrylic and oil paint have become a visual language that allows me to express what is often difficult to verbalize and provides me with a deeper sense of self-understanding. Nature is a continuous source of inspiration. Currently, the mandala is the seed idea from which my work grows. My use of saturated colors, unconscious symbolic imagery, and distorted forms of nature all work together to form a dreamlike landscape. The vivid colors, circles, spirals, Celtic knots and trees that are integrated in various compositions all allude to my personal mythology and have profound spiritual significance.