Karen Mason expresses a unique contemporary flair in her botanical and bird paintings through the combination of bold lines and luminous atmosphere. The influence of her Italian heritage and emersion into Asian culture become evident in her paintings – from the raw expression of Renaissance Masters style, to the balancing of nature’s splendor and imperfection in a contemporary Wabi Sabi Asian style.
The translucent atmospheric effect Mason achieves in her oil and resin/acrylic paintings is influenced by her earlier study of watercolor washes and glazing techniques in painting Italian and California landscapes. Painting allows her to convey such warm lazy afternoon experiences in a meaningful way, holding the moment together with layers of atmospheric color and stark bold lines that connect and clarify the relationship of the characters.
Botanical bouquets come to life in layers of tinted resin, textured surfaces, and oil glazes; sewn together with and strongly inked lines and cadmium pops of color to depict the vase-captured flora and its looming shadow. Finding those moments when the gifted flora bouquet decides to play, dance, and sprint with its shadow against a wallpaper backdrop.
In the Shadow Makers series, one gives another a present of bouquet of flowers, and its shadow follows – sometimes in larger than life size, above and below your feet, ahead or lagging behind. Reflections steal the spirit, while a shadow is the spirit that remains with you, outlining, reflecting you.