I first spoke with Karen a few years ago when I was setting up my portfolio on Starving Artists. Starving Artists is hosted in the
Marsha thanks for featuring me as your guest artist and for making that call to me a couple of years ago – you are a source of inspiration for me whether you realize it or not.
There is quite a story about the drawing that started your career, I wonder if you would mind relating how one drawing changed the direction of your life and how it makes you feel as you look back on that time.
Oh that was a wonderful time of my life – although it was during a very stressful time in my life – but isn’t’ that when we learn the most? I was no exception, I learned so much about myself as a person and an artist and fell in love with horses up close.
You offer both Limited and Open Edition prints. Myself, I’ve sometimes found it difficult deciding whether to offer a particular piece as Limited or Open Edition. Can you tell us the parameters you use as you make this decision?
That is a difficult question. I hate to say it but I go by instinct. Sometimes I take in to consideration the length of time it took to draw or the complexity of the drawing but that isn’t always the case. It’s just instinct. Some speak to me or they are “more” than my average drawing in one way or another. I don’t set out to draw a Limited Edition, but at some point I know during the drawing process that is what it is going to be.
I know you still work a full time job, how do you handle the challenge of carving out time for your art from a busy day?
It’s hard balancing a full time job, keeping up with the animals at home, the work around my place, and drawing and getting to the occasional art show. Drawing is a luxury, a passion – something I must do. The dishes can wait. No, really – I draw in the evenings when I’ve got other things squared away. It’s a relaxing time for me and something I look forward to every day.
Do you ever produce a painting or drawing that you don’t like...or go through a slump where it seems like nothing is working? If so, how do you get yourself back on track?
Oh yes – I do have a few of “those” drawings (both pastels & graphite) that have made it to the trash can! Graphite I tend to know pretty quick if I’ve goofed. Unlike graphite though, pastels have the nasty habit of looking really ugly before they begin to look good. If I hadn’t kept at it, I would have thrown out some really good pieces.
What has been the biggest artistic risk you’ve ever taken...and what accomplishment are you most proud of?
Gee – the biggest artistic risk? That is ongoing – just putting my work out there for people to see, critique, to buy or not.
The accomplishment that I’m most proud of? Well that first year that I had decided to do this for money, I made a list of things I wanted to accomplish during that year – having a website, getting set up to exhibit and actually exhibiting at several art shows, buying my Epson printer. I checked them all off my list before the year was done! That was very satisfying.
I know you show your work at art fairs. What advise do you have for others thinking about trying this venue? And, I have to ask...how did you get those display walls into your trunk!?
The best advice I could give to someone is to have someone you can truly rely on to help you with the art fairs. As you know, they are hard work. Setting up and taking down everything is a job in itself. Also, make a good check list and most of all - have fun!
Lastly Karen, a question I always enjoy asking...What do you know now that you wish someone had told you before starting this career?
That’s easy – don’t wait until you are in your 50s! But if you do – go for it!
In 2006...Karen was honored by being juried into the Creative Art Society exhibit at the Texas State Capitol Rotunda and the Creative Art Society exhibit at theCorridor of Art.
In 2007...her pastel painting, "Breaking Point", was awarded "Editors Choice" by Mike Sibley of Starving Artists.
2007-2008...Karen successfully juried for The Texas Arts & Craft Fair and presently serves as a juror for new artists at this exhibition.
The Texas Arts and Craft Fair is Karen's biggest show of the season, with more than 200 artists participating. The fair grounds are set in the beautiful hill country of Kerrville, Texas...May 23-26. If you're in the area stop in and view Karen's work in person. Her booth number is (T5-13)
Thank you Karen for letting us get to know you better...if you're not from Texas and can't get there this weekend you can see more of Karen's beautiful art work at the links below.
Karen Hargett Fine Art
Karen Hargett Fine Art Journal...blog
Karen's Starving Artists Page
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