Karen Crenshaw
Karen Lee Crenshaw, currently residing in Jacksonville, NC, was born in South Dakota and reared in West Virgina where she obtained a BS degree in Art Education from Concord University. After teaching in Rockbridge County, Virginia, Karen received her Master of Fine Arts in Painting from George Washington University.

"Having grown up in a sheltered valley in the mountains of West Virginia, I am fascinated with open spaces and vast water vistas. I am particularly intrigued by the pinkish-blue tones of the early morning and the amber light of late afternoon."

Karen's palette shows the influence of the Impressionists with her use of high-keyed hues--soft cobalt and cerulean blues and deep rich greens and violets. The play of light is reminiscent of Edward Hopper, yet the mood and image are warm and comfortable.