Karen Silve

Karen Silve’s paintings are distillations of her emotions, impressions, and experiences in the realms of nature and culture. Surrounded by the scenic beauty of the American Pacific Northwest, where she is based, and the countryside around her family home in Provence, France, she layers color and gesture into abstracted narratives—composites of visuals, sensations, and memories, which coalesce in a non-literal pictorial space. Often, the paintings create a bridge between counterpoints, such as ambiguity/clarity, calmness/tension, and exterior/interior—resulting in a deep sense of harmony and resolution. Silve has exhibited widely in the United States as well as the United Kingdom, Qatar, Brunei, and Mexico. Silve is based in Portland Oregon.

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