I studied mixed media, life drawing, printmaking and history of art at Amersham and Wycombe College, and
find one of the most exciting parts of creating artwork is taking risks. During the recent lockdowns I was able to join with other artists online to discover both new and interesting ways to rediscover the joy of art.
Working previously as a midwife, this has been an exciting journey, and with some unexpected results on occasions.
My work is influenced by found materials, collage, mark making and alternative methods of working, inspired by sketching and painting on location as much as possible.
Abstraction and the natural form always gives me inspiration, and the use of photography helps with detail. Keeping my work alive and fresh is essential to my practice.
I exhibit regularly with local art groups and galleries and a selected member of Buckinghamshire Art Society.
More recently I was a student at the Newlyn School of Art, Defining Practice.
I successfully exhibited at Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2019, and previously at Dulwich Picture Gallery.
MS POP Up Exhibition, 4th to 6th March
BAS Exhibition , Fitzwilliam Centre, Beaconsfield, April 30th -May 2nd
Off The Wall, Discovery Bucks Museum , Aylesbury . 13th November - 4th December
Bucks Art Society , Fitzwilliams Centre ,HP9 2JW -
Poetics Of Print , Boden Press, Highgate Literary and Scientific Institute, N6 6BS -
Bucks Art Weeks, Boden Press, Chesham, HP5 3AP -
Obsidian Spring exhibition , HP22 5XJ - http://www.obsidianart.co.uk
MS Pop Up Exhibition online - https://www.virtualartshop.co.uk/karen-martin
Home Comforts, Open Door , Berkhamsted.
BAS Centenary Exhibition , Aylesbury County Museum
Your World, A window into life since Lockdown, Open Door, Berkhamstead
Solo Exhibition at the Emerald Framing shop, Chalfont St Peter
Spring Exhibition online at the Obsidian.
John Benjamin , Metroland, Old Fire Station,Henley
Pop Up Exhibition, MS Centre Annual Exhibition , Halton
Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition,
Winter Wonderland, Open Door, Berkhamsted
Beechwood Autumn Exhibition
BAS Autumn Exhibition , Buckingham County Hall,
A Twist on Dahl, Bourne End Library, Bucks
Graham Green and Agatha Christie weekend, Deans Hall, Berkhamsted
The Peoples landscape painting exhibition, Claydon House National Trust, Bucks
Kitchen art exhibition, The Here Cafe, Berkhamsted,
A for Agatha Weekend, Wallingford
Obsidian , summer exhibition, Wendover
Bucks Art Weeks, Boden Press
MS Centre annual exhibition, -RAF Halton
BAS spring exhibition , Fitzwilliams Centre , Beaconsfield
Beechwood spring exhibition , Chalfont St Peter.
Raold Dahl print exhibition ,Upstairs Gallery, Berkhampstead
BAS autumn exhibition, Buckingham.
Beechwood autumn exhibition, (1st Prize and Donald Walton Award)
Little Bird Gallery, Wendover
Remembering, The Open Door, Berkhamsted.
Aylesbury Grammar School Annual Fair.
First Impressions,- The Upstairs Gallery, Berkhamsted.
Winter Collection -The Obsidian Gallery, Wendover
BAS exhibition -Fitzwilliams Centre, Beaconsfield.
MS Centre Annual Exhibition, -RAF Halton
A for Agatha,- Upstairs Gallery,- Berkhamsted/ Bourne End Library.
Graham Green Exhibition, Berkhamsted Public School.
Bucks Art Weeks- Boden Press
Beechwood Artists Exhibitions
(1st Prize and Donald Walton Award 2016)
Queens Park Art Centre, Aylesbury, BAS -2016,2017
Smith&Kittle, Beaconsfield- -2016,2017
Bucks County museum, BBH -2016
Bucks County Museum,”Off The Wall” -2015,2017
Dulwich Picture Gallery, Open Exhibiton, -2014
Bucks Open Studios -2012,2013,2014,2015,2017
The Obsidian Gallery, Wendover -2010,2011,2014,2016,2017
One Church Street, Great Missenden -2012,2013
The Upstairs Gallery, Berkhampstead -2013,2014,2015,2016,2017