About me

I am an artist from East Ayrshire, Scotland, temporarily based in Liverpool. In 2015 I was awarded BA(Hons) Degree in Fine Art: Painting and Printmaking from The Glasgow School of Art.

My work is inspired by local landscape, iconic structures and narratives, and I enjoy creating colourful and intuitive acrylic paintings. Having studied the history and symbolism of Renaissance tapestries at art school, I often incorporate needlework into my paintings as I am interested in tapestry’s influence on contemporary art.

For me, the juxtaposition of painting and embroidery represents the haste of modern day living; the fast and slow processes reflect time, impatience, frustration and our constant need to have things done quickly. The contrast of media in my work draws attention to the finer details, whilst the alteration of perspectives acts as a reminder for us to consider more closely where we are and what we perceive to be surrounding us.

I am currently working with author Christine Coltman on a series of paintings and linoprints inspired by her debut novel “Isabel Hope”, as well as a brand new illustrated book for children.

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Karen Harkness