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Karen Mobley: Visual Artist

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Karen Mobley: Visual Artist

Nature speaks to each of us in different ways. Different aspects of the natural world may have a larger meaning for some people than for others.


For Visual Artist Karen Mobley, nature is a huge influence on her art and the way she views the world.


“Almost all of my artwork comes from a particular visual experience and it is based in the landscape and in nature.”


When she’s out in a beautiful landscape, everything she sees and hears can be translated into brushstrokes on a page.


“It’s seeing nature, listening to the river, hearing birds, hearing the wind in the leaves…”


What’s unique about Karen’s paintings is that they aren’t landscape paintings, yet they do bring a sense of place to the viewer.


Because of her inspiring artwork, Karen has had numerous opportunities as Artist in Residence for various programs as well as serving as the Arts Director of the City of Spokane from 1997 to 2012. 


No matter where she ends up, whether it’s Kentucky, Wyoming, Washington, or someplace else, Karen will always be able to find the joy in the outdoors. It’s being among the plants that keeps her grounded.


“[Nature] forces you to concentrate on something that is not yourself.”


For more information about Karen and her work, visit her website. You can also follow her on Instagram

This episode was filmed by Charlie Pierson.

Music is by Lane King.