My primary interest is in producing mixed media images inspired by the outdoors; landscape and elements. Using sketches from location I construct an image using colour, texture and words which represent my emotional response to time and place. Repeated journeys; walking; cycling; running and climbing form the basis of the images which can be familiar but are unique when captured in a particular time-frame; change of light; weather; sound; temperature. Using writing and sketches completed on location, I construct an image to recall the atmosphere and uniqueness of that place on that day and in that time.The images are highly textured using layers of acrylic paint which is scratched back to reveal flecks of colour from the layers below. Found objects and words complete the image
Karen Monaghan graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art with a BA Hons degree and completed a year of post graduate study. She then lived overseas for 12 years where she continued to work and raise a family.
Returning to the West coast of Scotland in 1998 she painted from her studio and exhibited in galleries across the country. Now living and working in East Lothian she paints from her studio working on images inspired by the landscape.
Her work is held in private collections in USA; Canada; France; Spain; Portugal and New Zealand as well as the UK