Karen McFarlane: B.A, B.Ed., Visual Arts Diploma
I have always been interested in art, especially in depicting organic forms, both human and inanimate. I took all the art courses I could while in high school and in university, studying under such artists as Henry Glyde and Graham Peacock. As a young mother in Beaverlodge, I was lucky enough to be able to join the Tuesday evening classes at Euphemia (Betty) McNaught’s. Betty was a fantastic teacher and an inspiration to anybody who came under her mentorship. Other people who met regularly at Betty’s included Robert Guest and Roman von Tiesenhausen (father of Peter von Tiesenhausen).
While in Beaverlodge, I taught the highschool art curriculum for three years. (My teaching career was mostly in the Academic Upgrading area in community colleges, where English literature was the main subject I taught.)
I completed the Fine Arts Diploma at the Grande Prairie Regional College in 1987, studying under such instructors as Lionel Allingham and Ken Housego. The next year, three other graduates and I mounted a show at the Prairie Gallery entitled “Paint in the Soup.” The theme was the difficulty of being both mothers and artists. That same group (Nancy Bortz, Marilyn Snell, Vicki Hotte and I) met for a yearly art retreat at the Black Cat Ranch near Hinton or in Jasper for several years and had two more shows together in Beaverlodge, “Four Sight” and “Erosions.” In the fall of 2017, Vicki Hotte and I mounted a show, “Under the Western Sun.”
After moving to Grande Prairie, I worked with the Grande Prairie art group that met weekly at the library for several years. When I moved to Whitecourt, I began working with the Society of Whitecourt Arts Council (SWAC) group. In Whitecourt, I participated in several group shows with the SWAC artists and also had a solo show entitled “Reflections.”
While in Whitecourt, I taught a couple of watercolor courses at my cabin studio on our property. I also taught a series of drawing lessons at ARTickles Gallery and another series at Pat Hardy School, primarily for the teachers there. I have been working mainly in pastel for the past six years.
Since moving to Edmonton in the spring of 2013, I have been attending the drop-in life drawing classes at Harcourt House as well as completing a series of pastel pictures which were displayed at Expressionz Café in the winter of 2014. I also had a solo show entitled “Close Up” at the Muttart in 2015.
I have recently been accepted into The Edmonton Art Club and am looking forward to showing my work with them.
Works of Art (click to enlarge)
Grand Canyon Tr
Dancing Seed Pods