Karen Koch

Karen Koch

Exhibiting: August, 2019

Artist Information:

Karen Koch relies on her love of nature and memories of days gone by for inspiration for her art.  Believing that being grounded in our past helps us grow toward our future, her recent work explores the universal questions of where have we been and where are we going.
Karen majored in Studio Art and English Literature at Denison University. After graduating, she worked at art galleries and continued painting for several years. When she eventually took a job in another field, she stopped painting for more than a decade.  In 2005, she began painting again, first in acrylics then adding elements of collage. Recent work incorporates stitching as a way to add line detail. Thread, yarn, and stitching are also a nod to both her evenings spent embroidering with her mother and days as a seamstress in college. Found objects, grandmother’s buttons, plastic wrappers, maps, and old book pages all find their way into her work. Maps especially are loaded with associations of childhood road trips and the promise of grand adventures. The results are colorful artworks rich in surface texture and personal associations.
Today, Karen is a full-time, professional artist with a studio and gallery on historic Main Street in Hudson, Ohio. As part of her mission to foster art in the community, she teaches art classes, is active in local arts organizations, and is a board member of a Hudson business group. She is also a co-founder of the Hudson Gallery Hop, a collaborative event designed to promote the arts in Hudson and encourage creativity in all.  For more information about Karen, visit www.lifeneedsart.com