Landscape Artist in Pastel and Watercolour

Karen Spurrell is a Calgary landscape artist primarily self-taught and predominantly starting out as a watercolorist, her artwork over the years has transitioned into using mainly pastels within her work. She has been painting and drawing for as long as she can remember. Karen grew up in northern Saskatchewan on a farm, surrounded by big open prairie sky and land, which has been a big influence on her artwork . She works in both soft and oil pastels as well as watercolours when creating her landscape pieces. She particularly loves the vibrancy of pastel pigments and the wonderful versatility of the sticks. Karen likes to paint with many bright colours as autumn is her favourite season to depict within her landscapes.

On her journey of art, as a teen, Karen was successful in publishing numerous drawings and poetry in publications such as The Western Producer YCC and Windscript. Additionally in later years, she actively attended and participated in art classes in and around her community, completed a diploma in Print Management from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and completed a professional certification in procurement. Over the years Karen has participated in juried art shows in both Saskatchewan and Alberta which has helped to develop her artistic skills. She is continually looking for ways to learn and develop as an artist. Karen’s passion has always been the arts and enjoying the outdoors and she tries to find time to enjoy both as much as possible when not at work within her procurement career.

Exhibitions

2019

Purely Pastel Juried Art show
Pastel Artists of Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia

2009

"This is who I am" Juried Art show
CNP Public Art Gallery, Crowsnest Pass, Alberta

2008

"It’s not what but how" Juried Art show
CNP Public Art Gallery, Crowsnest Pass, Alberta

1993

Prince Albert Winter Festival Juried Art Show
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

1992

Saskatchewan Summer Games Art show and Sale
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

1991

Prince Albert Winter Festival Juried Art Show
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

Karen Spurrell Calgary Alberta Artist