Karen Wynne Mackay, Island Nights
- 16" by 20"
- Made in 2021
About the Artist
Karen Wynne Mackay is an abstract artist. Nature and music play a big role in her creative process, and she spends a lot of time in nature, both on water and land, be it by hiking, biking, or kayaking. Her love of words, stories, music, and nature is apparent in each piece, one simply has to be open to the experience that comes when allowing one’s eyes to travel a painting, exploring the surface, colours and composition. Her paintings are deeply manipulated surfaces, intertwined with coloured abstract markings that emanate from her calligraphic influences. She uses colourful fluid layers, strong calligraphic marks using various handmade tools media, allowing the layers to conceal and then reveal, until the composition is complete. It’s a process of exploration, discovery, pain and beauty. Born in Montreal, Karen Wynne Mackay had the best of both worlds through which to fuel her creative imagination - from the City of Montreal to the West Island including the town of Hudson Quebec. She now resides in Stittsville Ontario, west of Ottawa. Karen also organizes and teaches workshops in mark making, calligraphy and abstract art. Karen’s paintings can be found in private collections in Quebec, Ontario including the Ontario Legislature Building, and part of the US.