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Intuitive Mixed Media: Art by Karen Rovner

An abstract painting featuring a series of black and grey cubesAfter the election, 2016, oil on canvas

Based in North Andover, Massachusetts, Karen Rovner is a painter who creates abstract artworks with an intuitive mixed media process. The resulting works often have a vaguely Cubist aesthetic, with loose geometric forms floating in a wash of subdued color.


A painting made primarily of red tonesUntitled, oil on canvas


As Karen says about her own works, she often begins the painting process abstractly, without a clear image or subject in mind. The works, then, become images on their own, suggesting objects and scenes that become recognizable when paired with titles. I enjoy this type of abstraction, and the way that it seems to depict a concrete subject while allowing the viewer plenty of room for interpretation.


A screen capture of Karen Rovner's art websiteKaren's gallery of current work


It’s also great to see so much variation in terms of style in the artist’s portfolio. Some works create patterns of geometric marks, while others are wild collections of overlapping lines and planes. Karen was mentored by fellow painter Nella Lush and is a member of the National Association of Women Artists (N.A.W.A.) 


A painting with primarily grey tonesAt the cemetery, oil on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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