Friday, June 26, 2009
I love to create, whether it is using my camera, drawing, painting, writing, designing graphic arts on the computer, or making a hand-made craft.
My blog is intended to be a scrapbook of inspiration, designed to hold and share each creation. I love to add a bit of music to match each post.
I believe that creativity is a gift from God. My goal is to share those inspirations with you.
I have been an artist as long as I can remember. My mother tells a story that when I was about nine months old she handed me a cardboard roll to hold, and I looked at it, as if I was thinking about what I could make with it. I am originally from Long Island.
I worked in Manhattan in the computer industry for many years. I lived in Manhattan for a while until moving to Princeton, New Jersey. There I met my husband, got married at Trinity Church in Princeton. I gave birth to my two daughters and was able to resume my love of art. One of the highlights of my artwork career was studying watercolor painting with the lovely Mary Green La Forge. I studied with Mary from 1983 until we moved to Hong Kong in 1992. Every time I pick up a brush, I remember painting in her gorgeous studio over looking her magnificent garden. As a Botany teacher, she taught us to understand each flower, as well as how to paint them.
In 1992, we moved to Hong Kong for my husband's work, and lived there for five years. While living in Hong Kong, I met amazing artists from all over the world and was part of an art group called Artists Abroad. I was part of the original founding members and I had my first formal art show with the group at the Hong Kong Visual Art Center, overlooking Hong Kong Park. I started hosting Designer Teas and inviting all my artisan friends to my home to sell their beautiful work. I took part in the amazing Christmas Fair at the Furama Hotel with my friends. Hong Kong vibrant and exciting continues to influence my artwork.
In 1998 we moved to Ontario, Canada, and lived in a lovely town called Oakville. Later we moved to Toronto to better enjoy the city. As a busy mother, artwork continued to link me with other artists and ground me. Combining my love of art and computer skills, I got very involved in working with prints, scanners and digital enhancement.
In 2002 we returned to the States and settled here in New England. Although my first love is watercolor painting, I studied oil painting with a well-known artist and explored the area for art connections. I began printing my oil paintings, using a professional giclee' printer. I opened up my first Etsy shop, called KarenHarveyCox Designs, and used my printing knowledge and love of painting to create a shop of art.
I started blogging in 2007, to connect with other artists. The Land of Blog is rich with kindred creative spirits and inspiration. Most recently I have begun designing fabric, and products with my artwork.
French Script on Etsy
Art has continued to be the common thread that connects me wherever I go. My artwork has appeared in Somerset Studio's, Artful Blogging Magazine the Summer of 2010 issue. My greatest joy lately comes from designing fabric. Yet, with art the possibilities are endless.
Thank you for stopping by.