Karen Stone studied Fine Art at Birmingham School of Art, Birmingham City University and Life Drawing at The Slade School of Art, University College London. As a student her work was selected for the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists New Horizons exhibition and since then she has exhibited in London and across the UK. Her work Crows with Yellow Square took the Unison Non Member Award at The 119th Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries London. She lives and works from her studio gallery in Worcester.
“As an artist I draw reference from landscape, people and my surroundings to produce art pieces that have emotional undercurrents. I seek to create in my works an independence of character that belongs to the art piece itself, rather than to me as an artist. Observational drawing has always been fundamental to my working process. This nearly always starts with multiple drawings and sketches that allow me to ‘get under the skin’ of my subject and it is only after this stage that I consider materials and processes for the finished work. I usually have a distinct feeling of what I want the result to be, although navigating the visual journey can often be full of obstacles and peripheral temptations.”
Karen combines her practice with teaching both privately and as a lecturer for Heart of Worcester College.