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Karen Poulson

Broomfield, Colorado, United States


Artist Statement

I have always been interested in the mark making urge that we humans have shared, from early Stone Age man to present day grafitti artists. These images or marks can be clearer than words--an abstracted language. Painting has been, for me, a way to understand my inner and outer worlds. In the larger pieces shown I am striving for a resolution of opposites--they are a combination of impulse and decision, form and energy, mass and void, external vs. internal, death and regeneration. On the other hand, the "Land Forms" pieces are part of a continuum of work done in response to the western and southwestern landscape, having to do with the marks left by time and weather on our environment.


Selected One-Woman Shows and Invitationals
Boulder Philharmonic/United Bank Invitational, 1981
Milly Beavers Fine Art, featured artist, 1981
Boulder Center for the Visual Arts Watermedia Exhibit, 1981
Howard Monroe Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC 1982
Alliance for Contemporary Art Auction, Denver Art Museum, 1983
Lodestone Gallery, Boulder, CO 1983
Layerist Exhibit, Albuquerque Art Museum, NM, 1985
Layerist Exhibit, Zanesville Ohio Art Center, 1987
Power Plant Art Center, Opening Exhibit, Fort Collins, CO 1987
Watercolor USA Honorary Exhibit & Traveling Show, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO and
Federal Reserve Bank, Kansas City, MO, 1987-1988**
Shared Visions, City of Upper Arlington and Ohio Arts Council, 1988
Lincoln Art Center, "Altered Artifacts," Fort Collins, CO, 1988
Layerist Exhibit, Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, Cochocton, OH, 1990
Watercolor USA Honorary Exhibit, Springfield Art Museum, MO, 1991
Dunbar-Morss Gallery, Boulder, CO, 1991
Baker Art Gallery, Loveland, CO, 1992
Mustard Seed Gallery, "Paper and Stone," Boulder, CO, 1992
Beans of Boulder, Boulder, CO, 1995
Art in Public Places, "Western Visions," Republic Plaza, Denver, CO 1996
Mustard Seed Gallery, "Figures," Boulder, CO 1997
Watercolor USA Honor Society 6th Biennial, Springfield Art Museum, MO, 1998
Curtis Arts and Humanities Center, "Shared Visions," Greenwood Village, CO, 1998
Laura Knott Gallery, "Celtic Connections," Bradford College, Bradford, MA, 1998
"Lost and Found: A Collage Exhibit," Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO, 1999
Third Annual Horse Show, Gallery Connections, Hotchkiss, CO, 1999
"Rock Art Images," Mustard Seed Gallery, Boulder, CO 1999
Watercolor USA Honorary Exhibit, Huntsville Art Museum, Alabama, 2000
Kansas Watercolor Society Honor Show, Wichita Center for the Arts, KS, 2000
"American Horses, American Artists," Hubbard Museum. Ruidoso, NM, 2000
"Dramatis Personae," featured artist , Bas Bleu Theater, Fort Collins, CO, 2000
"Stretching Boundaries: A Collage Exhibit," Lakewood Art Center, 2001
Gallery West, featured artist, Denver, 2002
Highlands Gallery, featured artist, Breckenridge, CO,2002
Diamonds and Spurs, Boulder, CO, 2003
Mezzanine Gallery Aurora Municipal Building, featured artist, Aurora, CO, 2003
"Imagined Portraits," Improv Gallery, Fort Collins, CO, 2004
"Figures," Remmi Gallery, Denver, CO. 2005
"Equus," Logan's Cafe, Boulder, CO, 2005
Watercolor Now, Park Central Gallery, Springfield, MO, 2006
"Waterways," Canyon Gallery, Boulder Public Library, CO, 2008
Watercolor Now, Springfield Art Museum, MO, 2008
"Spirit, Place, and Person," St. John's Episcopal Church, Boulder, CO, 2009
Watercolor USA Honorary Invitational, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO, 2009
"Figuratively Speaking," Translations Gallery, Denver, CO, 2011
Watercolor Now Anniversary Exhibit, Springfield, MO, 2011
Distinguished Alumni Artist, Ohio Wesleyan University, 2011
Creative Framing Gallery, guest artist, Louisville, CO, 2012

Selected Juried Shows
Colorado Women in the Arts, Arvada Art Center, (Diane Vanderlip, juror), 1979
Boulder Arts Festival, 1977, 1978, 1979
Colorado State Fair (1977,* 1978,1979,* 1982,* 1984,1985,1986,1987,1988,1990,1992)
Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibit, (1976,1977,1981,1982,1983,1984,1986,1991,*1994,2001,2002)
Watercolor USA, 1979,*1980,1984,*1992,"2010
Colorado Women Who Create Art, (Diane Vanderlip,juror), 1984
Colorado Springs Biennial '84, (Elaine Horwitch, juror), 1984
Kansas Watercolor Society, 1988,* 1993*
Mountains and Plains Highlights, Museum of East Texas, 1988
Visual Eyes, Boulder, CO, 1988,1989
Migraine Masterpieces, New York, 1989
Colorado Watercolor Society Exhibit,* Denver, CO, 1993 Top Award
One West Inaugural Exhibit, Fort Collins, CO,1994
Arizona Aqueous,*Tubac, Az, 1994 Top Award
Watercolor Now, Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT, 1994,2001
Art Prospect'95, La Jolla, CA, 1995
Great Plains National, Hays, KS, 1996
"Colorado '96:A Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art,"Colorado Springs Art Center, CO,1996
National Collage Society Exhibit, Lakeland Community College, Kirtland, OH, 1997
Small Works Exhibition, An Art Place, Chicago, IL, 1997
Views of the West, The Fort, Lakewood, CO, 1997
Open Studios, Boulder, CO, 1995 through 2006
Western Arts Festival, Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, Cedar City, UT, 1999
Arizona Aqueous 2000, Tubac, AZ, 2000
National Works on Paper, Core New Art Space, Denver, CO 2001
Faces of Woman, Las Vegas, NM, 2002
Western States Horse Expo, Coloma, CA, 2002
Rocky Mountain Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins, CO, 2002
Watercolor Now, Springfield Art Museum, MO, 2003
Louisville Art Festival, Louisville Art Center, CO, 2003*
New Impressionism, A la Carte Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, 2005
"Women," Galeria Tonantzin, Center for Arts and Humanities, San Juan Bautista, CA, 2005
"Western Spirit," Cheyenne Frontier Days Museum, Cheyenne, WY,2005
"All About Me," Firehouse Art Center, Longmont, CO, 2006
"Hair," Columbia Art Center, Columbia, MD, 2006
"Exploring Multiple Dimensions," Society of Layerists, Albuquerque Art Museum, NM, 2007
"Visions of the West," Steamboat Springs Art Council, CO, 2007
"Illuminations," Davis Art Center, Fort Myers, FL, 2008
"Fragmentation," Center for Creative Arts, Fredricksburg, VA, 2008
Colorado Art Open, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO,. 2009
Arizona Aqueous, Tubac, AZ, 2009*
Watercolor USA, Springfield, MO, 2010
"Moore Inspired," Denver Botanic Gardens, Director's Choice*, 2010
CoVisions, Westminster, CO, 2011
Art of the State, Arvada Art Center, 2013
la Grange National XXVIII, 2014
Un(still) Live, Flagstaff Art Center, AZ, 2014
Women's Caucus for the Arts, Core Art Space, Denver, 2014
Earthy Abstractions, Ellington-White Contemporary Gallery, Fayetteville, NC, 2015
"Faces," Orange County Creatives Gallery, CA, 2015
42nd Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibit, Golden, CO 2015
Art for Horses, Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood, CO, 2015
Edgar Allen Poe Exhibit, Ashton Gallery, Sandiego, CA, 2015
Art on Santa Fe, Studio at Gallery J, Denver, CO 2016
Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibit, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO **Best of Show, 2016
Atypical Topographies, Adams State University, Los Alamos, CO, 2016
Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibit, Evergreen, CO 2017
"Merge," African American Performing Arts Center, Albuquerque, NM, 2017
North Star Watermedia Society National Exhibition, MN, 2017 *award
Fuel for the Fire, Fayetteville Arts Council, Fayetteville, NC, 2017
Arizona Aqueous, Tubac, AZ, 2017
Tubac Center of the Arts, The Book Cover Exhibition, 2017
Blurring the Lines, Abstraction in Colorado, Muse Gallery, Longmont, CO 2018
Immersed in Abstraction, Ellington WhiteGallery, Fayetteville, NC, 2017 *award
Drawn to the Figure, Longmont Arts, Muse Gallery, 2018
Women's Art:A persistent Path to Identity, The Collection, Lafayette, CO, 2018

Recent Exhibits

"Come Closer," Firehouse Art Center, Longmont, CO 2013
Artwork Network, featured artist exhibit, 2013
Watercolor Now, Mabee Gallery, Springfield, MO, 2014
Osmosis Gallery, featured artist, Niwot, CO 2015
HOVAB (History of Visual Art in Boulder, Mr. Pool Gallery, 2017
"Varied Perceptions, 3 person exhibit, ArtworkNetwork Gallery, Denver, CO, 2017

Member: Rocky Mountain Watermedia Honorary, Watercolor USA Honorary, National Society of Layerists in Multimedia


B.A. Ohio Wesleyan University.


Pfizer: Chosen to illustrate calendar and misc. publications 2001 and 2004 Women Artists' Datebook, selected artist, Syracuse cultural workers, 2004 International Mahler Fest, painting chosen to publicize event, exhibit,and calendar American Art Collector, selected for book.


Publications: Pfizer: Chosen to illustrate calendar and misc. publications, 2001 and 2004
Women Artists" Datebook, selected artist, Syracuse Cultural Workers, 2004
American Art Collector, selected for book
Gathering Clouds, A Magazine of Contemporary Art, 2013
Artists Magazine, Best Watercolors of 2016

Gallery Representation

Creative Framing Art Gallery, Louisville, CO