Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Artists I Admire: Karine Swenson

Artwork by Karine Swenson

Even if it is only by blogging that I have grown to know her, I am absolutely certain that Karine Swenson will be an artist who is recognized and lauded nationally someday. I hope she remembers me when that day comes.

This latest work by Karine is on her blog today, Growing Pains. Karine talks about discarding old notions and starting fresh in her art journey. She is an artist who is passionate about her calling, and you can see the momentum of her craft build over time in her blog entries.

Karine's work is reminiscent of the transcendent fields of color of the master painter, Rothko. If you have ever had an opportunity to see Rothko's fields of color in person, or sit for hours in the Rothko Chapel to absorb his visual message, it is an experience that transforms. I studied Rothko and the abstract expressionists in College and was delighted to see his work at the Tate in London, though Rothko never considered himself an abstract expressionist, and fought off such labels.

Someday I am certain we will see Karine's works hanging in museums. What a thrill to say that I own one of her originals!


Unknown said...

You are overwhelming me, Nancy! All I can say is that the respect is mutual. Thank you, dear friend. Thank you.

Unknown said...

oooh.. thanks for showing me her work Nancy. I love Karine's work. I especially love the blue on she posted below the orange one you featured in this post. Gorgeous!

L.Holm said...

Thanks for sharing karine's link, Nancy. Beautiful work.
(also -thanks for your very kind comments re: my mom. I tried to send an e-mail from your web, but it kicked back to me. just wanted to say I appreciate your kindness and 'all hammers'!!)

Jean Levert Hood said...

Nancy, thank you for letting us know of this wonderful artist! I love her blog, and this is such a good abstract piece! another piece of art delight!
hugs to the pugs!

Unknown said...

Thank you for introducing me to Karine's work...wonderful stuff!

Archie and Melissa said...

karine is an amazing person, artist and friend!

i love this new piece too!

pRiyA said...

Karine certainly is a passionate artist and her blog is full of wonderful stuff. This is such a lovely write up about her :-)

Patty said...

How kind of you to feature Karine's work. She inspires many of us with her gorgeous paintings and desert photography.

Karen Sandstrom said...

Wow, gorgeous stuff. I'm glad you shared that.