Karen Lesser has been a lifelong artist, starting in early childhood, later winning the Vincente Minnelli Scholarship for the Creative Arts at UCLA, graduating with a degree in art from the University of California.
Karen embarked on a 32 year long career as a high school Art educator in southern California, before retiring from that field to become a full time painter. Landscapes and wildlife are her favorite subjects with an emphasis on color, harmony and light.
Karen has always had a deep and emotional connection to nature and wildlife. Living in a remote mountainous area in Central Idaho, is an ideal location for limitless painting opportunities, as well as, the location of her home and business, Northern Light Artworks. Winter snows will find her working indoors in her studio on large studio paintings, based upon studies made during the warmer months.
Currently, Karen is a member of the Plein Air Painters of Idaho. She participates in the Ketchum Arts Festival in Ketchum, Idaho, each summer. She also participates in the Plein Air Painters of Idaho paint outs each summer and sells work at the Redfish Lake Art Gallery. She has had her work on display at the Idaho State Historical Museum, as well as, The Idaho State Capital Building.
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