Karen Baughman is a native Californian. She is primarily a self-taught artist, with a background in graphic design and fine art, and also works as an interior designer. She works in watercolors, oils, pastels, acrylic and ink. Karen has exhibited in galleries in Laguna Beach and Los Angeles, and has donated her work to support many charitable causes. She co-founded the Redondo Beach Art Group in 2003 and served two terms as Commissioner on the Public Art Commission for the City of Redondo Beach.
Of her work in general she says:
“When it comes to creating, very simply put, nature most often is my inspiration. Morning dew drops on a rose petal, how the sunlight or moonlight creates the sparkling and shimmering effect on the ocean or perhaps a tranquil scene of palm trees gently blowing in the breeze — those are just a few things that I look for when taking photographs that will ultimately be used for my paintings.
My intent is not to make a social statement, rather to convey a feeling, emotion, or perhaps a memory for the observer. If what I feel while I’m creating a piece can be conveyed even in the smallest amount, then I have accomplished what I set out to do.
Art is to the eyes what music is to the ears. I want to create symphonies for people to enjoy.”
Of her current passion… “Homage to Klimt”:
I’ve always been fascinated with Gustav Klimt’s work. In 2015 the Redondo Beach Art Group was having a large “Power of Art” exhibition and the curator asked us to pick a genre or artist we like and do work based on that. That was just the beginning of my “Klimt” journey.
The Redondo Beach Art Group and Redondo Beach Mayor Mike Gin will host a special presentation of artwork by four local artists (Joan Alsworth Bacon, Karen Baughman, Suzi Dalmau and Mary Baldwin DeHaven) and a concert by world-renowned pianist, Deborah Aitken, on September 26, 2009. There will be a reception at 7pm and the concert will begin at 8pm.If you are interested in attending this event, please contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (310) 379-1232.
Karen is currently preparing for the annual Power of Art show and cultural celebration, put on by the Redondo Beach Art Group, to be held October 16 – 18, 2009.
Karen was appointed to the Public Art Commission for the City of Redondo Beach on March 10, 2009.
Karen’s work was displayed in the juried show Through the Ages at the Beach Cities Health District , May 16 through July 12, 2009.
If you are interesting in purchasing one of Karen’s paintings, or would like more information, you can contact her.