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Photo credit Robert W. Easton

              

             

The easiest answer to give people when they ask the question “What do you do?” is to say “I’m an artist.” Of course that’s the shallow/short answer. There are so many layers to “what do you do?” It’s a challenge to go deeper, peeling off the layers. It’s the same when one answers “I’m a doctor” or “I’m a physicist” or “I’m a restauranteur” or “I’m a deep sea researcher” and so on. All those things I could never have been, even if I had wanted to. I was marshaled into this creative life, almost like I had no choice, and I feel inordinately lucky.
 
The driving force that’s kept me sparked and alive all my life is a passion for personal creative expression, coming from an emotional place.

I’m immensely fortunate to have been able to pursue my creative passions — art, music, and writing. 
While making art has always been there, in some form or other, I’ve also played music all my life, beginning at age four with classical piano study, continuing on to embrace guitar, mandolin and dulcimer and after high school, a stint in a small music school in Boston. I played professionally, performing original songs, blues, folk, and jazz for a number of years.

Being accepted to Rhode Island School of Design as a freshman in 1971 and eventually graduating with a BFA in 1977 set the stage for art, and my music career eventually waned. I followed the art calling until marriage and the birth of two daughters (now grown, and both artists themselves) called for a creative hiatus, for some years.

Eventually, I made a leap and dove back into visual art with a vengeance.


When my daughters were about 4 and 9, something in me woke up and said "I used to be an artist... what happened?" My innate need to make art got renewed via painting, and resuming studies, at Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. 

When I was in my fifties, I was able to go back to school and receive my MFA in studio art from the Vermont Studio Center/Northern Vermont University graduate studies program, which truly revived my lifelong art pursuit and cemented my career. 

In general, I have been incredibly blessed to be able to follow my creative journey as an artist. Not a day goes by without gratitude for the experiences I’ve had, my connection with other artists, and how I got to be where I am now, making art in my studio in an old mill in beautiful Rhode Island.





Gallery representation: 
Artemis Gallery
1 Firehouse Lane
Northeast Harbor, ME 04662
207-266-1494





Click here to see my artist profile interview in Boston Voyager Magazine
Click here
  to view my featured artist profile at 
Artsy Shark


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Karen_Rand_Anderson_small.jpg
 
Photo credit Robert W. Easton

              

             

The easiest answer to give people when they ask the question “What do you do?” is to say “I’m an artist.” Of course that’s the shallow/short answer. There are so many layers to “what do you do?” It’s a challenge to go deeper, peeling off the layers. It’s the same when one answers “I’m a doctor” or “I’m a physicist” or “I’m a restauranteur” or “I’m a deep sea researcher” and so on. All those things I could never have been, even if I had wanted to. I was marshaled into this creative life, almost like I had no choice, and I feel inordinately lucky.
 
The driving force that’s kept me sparked and alive all my life is a passion for personal creative expression, coming from an emotional place.

I’m immensely fortunate to have been able to pursue my creative passions — art, music, and writing. 
While making art has always been there, in some form or other, I’ve also played music all my life, beginning at age four with classical piano study, continuing on to embrace guitar, mandolin and dulcimer and after high school, a stint in a small music school in Boston. I played professionally, performing original songs, blues, folk, and jazz for a number of years.

Being accepted to Rhode Island School of Design as a freshman in 1971 and eventually graduating with a BFA in 1977 set the stage for art, and my music career eventually waned. I followed the art calling until marriage and the birth of two daughters (now grown, and both artists themselves) called for a creative hiatus, for some years.

Eventually, I made a leap and dove back into visual art with a vengeance.


When my daughters were about 4 and 9, something in me woke up and said "I used to be an artist... what happened?" My innate need to make art got renewed via painting, and resuming studies, at Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. 

When I was in my fifties, I was able to go back to school and receive my MFA in studio art from the Vermont Studio Center/Northern Vermont University graduate studies program, which truly revived my lifelong art pursuit and cemented my career. 

In general, I have been incredibly blessed to be able to follow my creative journey as an artist. Not a day goes by without gratitude for the experiences I’ve had, my connection with other artists, and how I got to be where I am now, making art in my studio in an old mill in beautiful Rhode Island.





Gallery representation: 
Artemis Gallery
1 Firehouse Lane
Northeast Harbor, ME 04662
207-266-1494





Click here to see my artist profile interview in Boston Voyager Magazine
Click here
  to view my featured artist profile at 
Artsy Shark


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