Artsy Fartsy Tuesday – Kareen Ramsey
First I have to announce that Rumpy T. Drummond was the winner of the front seat protector from AutoAnything. I am sure they will put it to good use. Yeah!!Has everyone met Flea, over at Jones Natural Chews-Dog treat web? She has been a follower of my blog for a long time and also writes a very entertaining blog herself. She sent me an email telling me about her mom, and how she would be perfect for Artsy Fartsy Tuesday. I went to see for myself, and had to agree. Kareen, does wonderful realistic portraits, with colored pencil. I have said this before with other pencil artists, but I can’t imagine getting the color and detail into a drawing that Kareen does. Kareen sent me some info about herself and her art. Growing up in Louisiana in a home steeped in Southern plantation culture, then moving to the Louisiana coast for 33 years pleasantly enveloped in Cajun culture, made for a mellow approach to life. When I was little, I sat for hours with my coloring books and colors. At that time, I didn’t know I had ADD. I just knew that coloring was something I could focus on, sit still, and receive satisfaction from something well done.Because nothing was known about ADD back then, I was just known as the “spacey, naïve” one. My mother, being an artist, encouraged me in the gentle arts of painting, sewing, and needle work. Maybe it was just to have more peace in the house (a very active big brother and two little sisters). I attended Our Lady of the Lake College in San Antonio, Texas, majoring in Fine Arts for 3 1/2 years. Then, after marriage, two children, divorce, and remarriage, I attended Northwestern State University in Louisiana for my degree in Advertising Design. Then came two more children, dogs, cats, birds, and wall to wall carpeting. So, acrylics and oils were supplanted by watercolors and colored pencils. Living in South Louisiana – about 65 miles from the nearest stop light – near the mouth of the Mississippi River was a blessing. We could drive along the road and take pictures of pelicans, gulls, herons, and a multitude of wading and shore birds right from the car window. My creative outlets at that time were quilting, cake decorating, baking, and the occasional local business graphic commission.
Then, along came Hurricane Katrina. It took away my husband, home, pets, etc. So, I moved to Oklahoma to be near the two oldest children and six grand children. This is a lovely state. Not too much culture shock here. The people are delightful. So, my art is in flux, as art should be always. Now that I am on my own (but, with an excellent support system from the kids and grand kids), I am able to use my talents for the benefit of a wider base. This had always been my dream.
Color and light have always fascinated me. I love to bring out subtle yet rich colors using the translucent layers of watercolor and/or colored pencil. There is a smoothness and a soft sheen so reminiscent of oil paints without the mess or smell.
There has since the age of three been a fascination for me with portraits. The personality and very soul (Divine spark) can be seen in a face. There is so much more there than in inanimate objects. I am naturally fascinated with the many facets offered by the human/animal face. People watching has always been my hobby. Body language intrigues me. Personality and attitude are written on the face and in the stance. So, portraiture is my passion. It is satisfaction to my soul to bring out the very heart and soul of the person (or pet) through their portrait. Even more a joy is the way it touches those who receive it. What a privilege it is to preserve for posterity some ones loved one, especially when the only reference they have is a small snapshot.
Perhaps, because we are created in God’s (the Great Creator’s) image, there is a real satisfaction and pleasure when creating anything artistic. It is a privilege to preserve a moment of immortality for someone, be it for his/herself or a loved one.
More of Kareen’s work can be seen on her website. She is also available for custom portraits.