KAREN J. ANDREWS INNER VISION STUDIO WEST STOCKBRIDGE Interview by H. Candee
Had you any clue, Karen, that you had been storing up all this artistic talent just waiting to pour out since your years in High School? People can start learning art at any age, but it must have been quiet a great discovery for you, yes? Karen J. Andrews: It took me many years to claim that I was an artist. I used to draw a lot of house plans, and I think it was just assumed I would become an architect. There weren’t any artists in the family, although they were talented in business, music and tennis. In high school I took Art History, and the art teacher commented on the quality of my sketches of the masterpieces we were studying. If it hadn’t been for her, I might never have pursued art at all. Senior year I took my first painting class, and I remember staying after school in the studio for hours, which was the first time I had gotten so absorbed in anything. The visual world began to open before me.
INNER VISION STUDIO EXTERIOR
22 •THE ARTFUL MIND JULY 2019
Favoring the art of painting, what in particular fascinated you the most, as opposed to other venues, like for example, sculpture, or printmaking? Karen: Other than architecture, I don’t really have a feel for that third dimension. Although I had fun in the one sculpture class I took in college dipping a bedsheet in plaster of Paris and hanging it from the ceiling. My main creative outlet for my first 20 years making art was photography. I came back around to painting many years later but was limited to watercolor and other water-based mediums because darkroom work had made me too sensitive to chemicals. I did a lot of drawing, but very little painting throughout those years. Photography helped me learn to compose, to get my ideas down quickly and to easily translate