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- Artist Bio -
Marlborough artist Karen Neal has always had a love of art, animals and wildlife, nature and travel. Studying Art to Bursary level at secondary school, life’s many twists and turns lead Karen away from a dream of studying a Fine Arts degree, opting to travel instead, spending many years in the early 90’s living and working in England, Scotland, Switzerland, Africa and Japan. Over those years she has worked in a variety of roles, whilst only painting or drawing occasionally. Her passion for art, particularly wildlife and portraits, was reignited in 2009, realising that traditional art is simply what she loves to do, finally finding a niche as an ‘artist’.
Self-taught and happily working from her beachside studio in the beautiful Marlborough region of Rarangi, Karen paints in a variety of mediums including Acrylics and Pastel, and also a relatively new medium to New Zealand, Scratchboard. Scratchboard is a process of etching/scratching with abrasive tools such as a scalpel blade or tattoo needles, to remove the top surface of black indian ink to expos the secondary layer of white kaolin clay underneath.
In 2014 Karen was juried in as a Master Scratchboard Artist (MSA) of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists. Karen has won awards in New Zealand national exhibitions. She is committed to supporting animal and conservation causes through her art.