Karen Berman-Mulligan


My favorite subject is the sea. I first work on site, quickly capturing the energy of the scene with broad brush strokes and complementary colors where the highest points of interest are for me. Bundled in a rain jacket or down coat, wearing latex gloves over winter gloves, you'll see me out in the open, even in winter. Back in my studio, videos and photographs remind me of the experience of being there. I find that the more familiar I am with a place, the more I see it in a new way, allowing new details to be seen. These details become my inspiration. I look for those differences - what has changed? The challenge is to represent the same view in a totally different painting.

Acrylics are my usual medium, but sometimes watercolor on paper is the right material. I am happiest with blues, pinks, yellows, and grays. I use greens in unrealistic places.

The theme of resistance motivated my earlier works. Now, I have entered a softer period, looking more at interdependence, connection, co-existence, and mutual respect. I create movement and energy using lively brush strokes, and relationships between color, shape, and form. Is it realism? Is it abstract? Definitely painterly. I skirt the line. The emotive expression honors how no two waves, rocks, or impressions in sand are alike. Because nature is always in flux, each experience is unique. My hope is that viewers of my paintings will see new and different aspects each time they come back to them.


2016 Topsfield Library group show - juried

2016 Tufts Health Plan Administration, Watertown, Ma - solo show

2009 - 2016 Lexington Open Studios

2015 Grace Chapel Lexington - Juried Show - "eats/shoots/leaves".

2015 Cary Memorial Library group exhibit - juried

2014 Grace Chapel Lexington - Juried Show - "untitled"

2014 Grace Chapel Lexingtion - Juried Show "Noah's Ark"

2012 Cary Memorial Library solo exhibit - juried

2010 Cambridge Art Association Blue Show - University Place - juried

2010 Cambridge Art Association Blue Show - University Place - juried

2009 Grace Chapel, Lexington - juried show

2009 DeCordova Museum student show

2009 Lexington Arts and Crafts Society Painter's Show

2008 Brookline Bank - Lexington Ma solo exhibit

2008 Lexington Arts and Crafts Society Painter's Show

2007 Lexington Arts and Crafts Society Painter's Show

2006 Lexington Arts and Crafts Society Painter's Show

2005 Eclectic Treasures Medway, MA

2002 - 2005 Newton Open Studios

2002 - 2007 Sign of the Dove Artist's Co-op -juried

2002-2010 pet portraits on commission

2001 Bodhi Cafe Newbury St. Boston solo exhibit

2000 Parish Center for the Arts


DeCordova Museum School 2000 - 2010 various studio classes

Massachusetts College of Art

Museum School at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI

Boston University BA - Math, Computer Science 1980

University of Michigan



updated April 24, 2017
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