Karen Brake Fine Art

About the Artist
Karen is a native Texan born and raised in Dallas, now living in southern California. Karen was first interested in art when she was accepted into an honors art class at the age of 13. She has been creating art non-stop since then.

Education
• Workshops with Greg LaRock, Debra Huse, Richard Morris

• Studies at Studio 2nd Street in Encinitas, CA, with Ron and Vanessa Lemen and
   Watts Atelier in Encinitas, CA

• Apple Regional Multimedia Center, TX, January 1991 to August 1992,
   Certificate of Computer Graphics in Multimedia.

• North Texas State University, Denton, TX, September 1984 to August 1987
   Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree; Major: Advertising Art, Dean's List.

• American College of Switzerland, Leysin, Switzerland. Studied art history
   and plein air painting in Geneve, Paris, Monaco, Venice, Florence, and
   Monet's Gardens, Summer with Rob Erdle 1986.

Professional Affiliations
• Laguna Plein-Air Painters Association
• Southern California Plein Air Painters Association
• Vista Art Foundation

Short Bio
She first started painting plein air paintings in watercolors on a hillside overlooking Lake Geneva while attending the American College of Switzerland in the summer of 1986. She was influenced by her instructor Rob Erdle's bright, colorful, whimsical landscape paintings.

After receiving several degrees in commercial art, Karen spent 20 plus years on her career in graphic art, illustration and Internet design for the entertainment and communication industries.

In 2005 she jumped back into drawing and painting by attending Watts Atelier in Encinitas, CA. In 2006 she started her Jazz Cafe series of musician paintings. November 8 - December 22, 2006 she had her first Jazz Cafe show. The show was called "Jazz It Up in November" featuring Jazz music 4 days a week at E Street Cafe in downtown Encinitas, CA.

After taking a plein air workshop with Greg LaRock in Spring 2007 she rememberd how much she loved painting outside.

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Art Exhibits

The Vista Conservancy, Vista, CA, Walk of Fame Mural Open Air Gallery reception and Grand Opening and concert at the Moonlight Theater May 30 2010-- Karen's her of Sara Watkins will be the drop back for the concert at the Moonlight Theater

The Vista Conservancy, Vista, CA, Walk of Fame Mural Open Air Gallery dedication ceremony March 13 2010 -- Karen displayed her mural of Sara Watkins at the Sycamore Creek Trail

Gallery 204, Vista, CA, Featured Artist February 2010

The Vista Conservancy, Vista, CA, Walk of Fame Mural Project January 18, 2010 -- Karen was invited to participate in the Walk of Fame to preserve the Sycamore Creek Trail

Vista Libray, Vista, CA, Jazz Series December - May 2010

Gallery 204, Vista, CA, Miniuture Show November 2009 -- Received Second Place for Little Girl and Honorable Mention for Dana Point Harbor

Gallery 204, Vista, CA, Featured Artist March 2009

Hearth Gallery at San Marcos City Hall, San Marcos, CA, June- July 2008

San Diego County Fair, Del Mar, CA, Demontrated Still Life in Oil and Watercolor June 2009

Cole Library, Carlsbad, CA, February 5 - March 7 2008

Studio 2nd Street Holiday Show, Encinitas, CA, December 15, 2007 - January 25, 2008

Laguna Plein Air Painters "Less is More" Laugna Beach, CA November 17 - December 28 2007

Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, Newport Beach, CA September 16 - October 18 2007

SOCALPAPA "Paints the Peninsula", Newport Beach, CA September 9 - 16 2007

E-Street Cafe, Encinitas, CA - November- December 2006

Waters Edge, Gig Harbor, WA - July 1994 to 2002

Sumner Art, Sumner WA - July 1994 to 1998

Galerie 224, Laguna Beach, CA - June 1994 to 1997

Partners Art, Laguna Niguel, CA - June 1994 to 1996

Framing Warehouse, Carloton, TX - May 1992 1994

500X Gallery, Dallas, TX - May 1992

Florence Art Gallery, Dallas, TX - November 1990- March 1991

City Art Gallery, Dallas, TX - September-October 1990

City Art Gallery, Dallas, TX - Christmas Show 1990

500X Gallery, Dallas, TX - May 1990

Thrasher Gallery, Plano, TX - April 1989

500X Gallery, Dallas, TX - May 1989

Expressions, Dallas, TX - February 1987

Please feel free to contact me. Karen Brake
760-815-3804

email: brake@cox.net

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