Karen Spotts
Artist's Biography

Karen Spotts was born in a small farming community southwest of Phoenix, Arizona. Her mother was a major artistic influence, a commercial artist early in life and later a well-known watercolorist. Karen began creating art seriously in high school, having her first one-man show at 17, and exhibiting her work in a Phoenix gallery.

After graduating from college in Tempe, Arizona with a degree in Art Education, Karen moved to Los Angeles, and was soon transferred to Denver by a large cosmetic firm. Karen lived in Saudi Arabia for four years, where she re-started her artistic endeavors in the early 1980's before returning stateside.

Karen has been an educator for over twenty years, having taught Art at the high school level since 1999. She has raised three children, and is a new Grandma! She currently resides in Evergreen, Colorado, where she finds life relaxing and artistically inspirational, painting in her new studio.

Besides painting in her favorite medium of soft pastel, Karen also creates clay prints, a process of pulling monoprints off of a clay slab.

In her free time, Karen enjoys traveling, cycling and collecting Native American arts and crafts.

Artist's Resume
First place, Jefferson County Teachers' Show, 2010
Glenwood Springs Fall Arts Festival:
First place Figurative, 2010
First place Still Life, 2012
Mile High International Pastel Competition, 2013
GTMD Plein Air Show, 2013
Colorful Colorado, CAE, 2013
EAA Member Show, 2013, 2014
PSC Member Show, 2013, 2014
Glenwood Springs Fall Arts Festival, 2008-13
Two-person Show at Stanton Art Gallery, Littleton, CO, 2013
Three-person Show at Solid Grounds Coffee Shop, Littleton, CO, 2014
One-woman Show at Nixon's Coffee Shop, Englewood, CO, 2014
Art Institute of Colorado Teacher Show, Denver CO, 2013, 2014
CAE Center for the Arts Evergreen
EAA Evergreen Artists' Association
PSC Pastel Society of Colorado
PSNM Pastel Society of New Mexico
GSAG Glenwood Springs Art Guild
ASLD Art Students' League of Denver
DAM Denver Art Museum
PAAC Plein Air Artists of Colorado
Studied with:
Tony Ortega
Doug Dawson
Desmond O'Hagan
Kathy Beekman
Casey Klahn/Ken Elliott
Michael Cellan
Virginia Unseld
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