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Karen Deans

Wooden Tile

"Painting is a simple pleasure that brings joy and beauty to my life and my world. My love of texture, pattern and color spreads to others like a flame. Even though the process is a solitary one, the end result is connection with people. That is very gratifying."

Karen Deans was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, where an early love of art and the richly textured images of the American South led to a life-long interest in painting. She lived for four years in Tokyo, where she acquired a taste for varied Asian art forms including Japanese pottery and woodblock printing, Chinese painting, Afghan carpets and Indian textiles. She incorporates these and other influences, along with inspiring images from nature, in her original designs.

Each Wooden Tile begins as an oil painting on panel by Karen Deans, who draws inspiration from vintage textiles, contemporary design and patterns in nature. In Karen's studio, an archival indigo print on watercolor paper is mounted onto a 2-inch deep hand painted birch frame and varnished twice, then signed and numbered in limited runs of 100. Made by hand in the USA.

Karen Deans is largely a self-taught painter. She earned an art history degree at the American University in Paris, where she studied turn-of-the-century European painters, such as Edouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard, Felix Vallotton, and their treatment of art in home design. She later studied painting and drawing at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C.

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Selected Exhibitions & Awards
New York Gift Fair - Handmade, New York NY, Jacob Javits Center, 2006-2009
Buyers Market of American Craft, Philadelphia PA, PA Convention Center, 2006-2009
Various Group Exhibitions, Washington DC, Studio Gallery, 2004-2006