Sandpiper member artist Karen Maurer

In 1995, I started oil painting under the guidance of a contemporary American painter in the Russian Impressionism style (Don Sahli, last American apprentice to well known Russian-American artist and teacher, Sergei Bongart). After intense still-life studio and landscape study for several years, figure drawing and painting with a teacher of the John Singer Sargent methods was incorporated. My training has been enhanced through attending workshops in the Western United States, more study, plein air and studio production. I have participated in and won art awards in juried exhibits, including an Evergreen (Colorado) Art Association Membership Show First Place and a Colorado Art Guild First Place. More important to me, however, is the personal satisfaction of making, selling and giving others the opportunity to enjoy art.

Enthralled with the Western landscape, having grown up and lived in it all my life, Montana scenes provide continual sources of inspiration and challenge since relocating to the Flathead Lake region in 2004. I paint out of doors (plein air) and in the studio, on the road and at home.

Still life paintings can be anything but “still”, triggering an emotional response equivalent to the landscape or a portrait, whether the viewer is familiar with the thing, place or person. My paintings are created for the delight of all who view them.

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