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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Meet OOPS Artist... Karen Crenshaw

photo by Thomas Brock

Artist ~ Karen Lee Crenshaw

Karen Lee Crenshaw has been drawing “since she used to scribble on the walls as a child.” As the wife of LtCol Bill Crenshaw, USMCR Ret, she has been a part of the military life for 18 years. She has fourteen-year-old twins, Tom and Kristen, who share her creativity and have also done their share of wall scribbling. The family has lived in Jacksonville for the last eight years where Karen maintains Crenshaw Art Studio in their home at 708 Ireland Court.

Karen has been accepting portrait commissions for a number of years and specializes in portraits of women and children. Her work is traditional and lifelike, yet it maintains a painterly quality. She enjoys providing her clients with an heirloom that will last for many generations. “ I especially love working with children and capturing that innocence that seems to pass so quickly,” the artist says.

When she is not working on portraits, you can find her painting landscapes. “Coastal Images,” her recent one-person show at UNCW, featured scenes from Topsail Island painted from photographs and studies done before the devastation of recent hurricanes. “I am particularly intrigued by the pinkish-blue tones of the early morning light and the amber light of late afternoon. When the sun is low on the horizon, it creates wonderful contrasts of forms and oblique angles and shapes. I’m always looking for a dynamic abstract pattern on which to base the composition,” she explains.

Karen was born in South Dakota and grew up in West Virginia where she obtained a B.S. in Art Education from Concord College. After teaching in Rockbridge County, VA, she returned to her studies at George Washington University in Washington, DC, receiving a Master of Fine Arts in Painting. Her paintings have been exhibited and have won awards in New York City, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and DC.

Karen has a working studio and exhibits her work at ArtExposure in Hampstead, NC. She also has available a number of small watercolors and landscape paintings in her studio. In addition, she has self-published two limited edition lithograph reproductions. “World War II Memorial, Virginia Tech” has been published in a limited edition of 1000 prints and is available for $65.00. “Potomac Sunset,” a water scene near Washington, DC, was published as a limited edition of 400 prints and is available for $50.00.

To commission a portrait, purchase a print, or schedule a studio visit, call her at home, (910) 353-8684, or contact her by email at
Vist Karen's webpage at

708 Ireland Court
Jacksonville, NC 28546

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