Karen Scarlett is an interdisciplinary artist, working in pencil, watercolour, acrylic, mixed media, bas-relief, fibre and sculpture.
Scarlett often works with barnwood found at 100 year old homesteads where the elements have created a finish to the wood that only comes through the passage of time. Karen’s connection to agriculture was embedded in her from a young age. The prairies and Flora and Fasuna have left an imprint on her soul that is often shared on the art mediums chosen to work on.
Karen grew up fifth generation on the family dairy farm west of Innisfail, Alberta. She has made art her entire life.
The “Queens of the dairy” held a royal spot on the farm and took up much of the energy of the Scarlett family existence. It was a great life.
Creating has been a lifelong adventure and an important part of life for Karen. Art was practiced with Grandma Scarlett where she learned and important lesson – try everything. A love of power tools and creative design were honed with her Dad while hand-craft, sewing and creating with a sense of perfection were inspired by her Mom.
Karen takes her biggest inspiration from her love, Doug. They live in Calgary, Alberta where Karen works from her home studio.
Recently, Karen obtained a commission for 150 pieces of art to be installed in the Royal Palm Hotel and Resort in Miami, Florida. It was thrilling to receive this international recognition.
You can find Karen’s work in private, corporate and commercial collections across North America and in various spots around the globe.