Karen Campbell

Apex, NC

Karen Campbell is a New England native who has been residing in Apex with her family since 2007. She began her art career at the Boston Architectural College, reveling in the many painting and drawing requirements of an Interior Design graduate degree. After working in the field of architecture for five years she set out to practice art full-time with the birth of her first son in 2004. Since this time she has done thousands of lighthearted custom commissions from growth charts to family portraits to whimsical wall murals. She taught private children’s art classes from 2011-2015 and now stays involved in the community by hosting art parties for children’s as well as for adults. She stopped teaching in 2015 to write and publish her first book, How to Draw Fun, Fab Faces (Amazon) which draws upon her favorite art passion: drawing and painting whimsical faces. Campbell writes, “Before I begin each piece I think about who may be waiting to emerge onto my wood canvas…is she cute? Is she quirky? Funny? Serious? Younger? Older? I don’t overthink this part however, as I find my characters like to reveal themselves to me as the painting process evolves, and not the other way around. I love to use all different materials and experiment constantly. On first glance my girls are simple, bright colored characters. On further inspection the viewer will notice the subtle intricacies of hours of careful design, thought, and artful execution.”  In addition to a full length art course to accompany her book (also titled How to Draw Fun, Fab Faces) She is currently developing a series of online art workshops.  All of her classes may be found at karencampbellartschool.teachable.com.