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Karen Tessier

Artist Bio
Throughout her life, Karen has always shown an interest and desire to create art. In 1988, Karen completed the Media Resources Program at Capilano College. Following graduation, she freelanced for various sized production companies. Over the period of 10 years, Karen worked in the Media Department at the Coquitlam School District in various areas, including graphics, video and photography. Her desire to focus more on art led her to the Emily Carr Institute in 2001, where she took a drawing course. Karen subsequently enrolled in the Fine Arts Program at UBC-Okanagan where she finished her Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Description of Work
For Karen, diversity is the fundamental focus. Her art explores a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, and pottery. Layers of oil and acrylic give her paintings depth, transparency and luminosity. She applies metal, fabric, plaster, string, paper and other materials to build up the surface to create texture and a multi-dimensional look. People, landscapes, harmony, still life, and social issues are just a few examples of the wide range of ideas and concepts encompassed in her art.

Throughout her life Karen has always engaged in activities that involved creating and making. She is just as interested in the process of creating, as in the final product. Variety is also a key for her she enjoys working with different mediums, and exploring various topics. Her different mediums include photography, educational video production, pottery, sewing funky purses, , and creating unique art cards.

Artist CV

Art Exhibits

2008 Hunting Hawk Winery, Armstrong BC
2006 Ab inito UBC-O Grad Show, Kelowan ,BC
2006 Art on the Line - Painting, UBC-O, Kelowna, BC
2005 FINA gallery UBC-O, 4th year grad show, Kelowna, BC
2005 Art Walk-Painting and Silkscreen, Lake Country, BC
2005 Group Exhibition, Red Rooster Winery, Penticton, BC
2005 FINA Gallery OUC - Painting, Kelowna, BC
2004 Art Walk - Painting, Sculpture and Silkscreen, Lake Country, BC
2004 FINA gallery OUC – Sculpture, Kelowna, BC
2004 Art on the Line – Silkscreen, Kelowna, BC
2004 Commission, Paintings, Kelowna, BC
2003 FINA gallery OUC – Silkscreen, Kelowna, BC
2003 Art on the Line - Painting, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC
2003- 2002 Tangerine Trading Company – Paintings, Kelowna, BC
2002 Commission, Painting, Kelowna, BC

2006-2005 University of British Columbia-Okanagan, Kelowna, BC
Fine Arts Degree, courses: Sculpture and Painting
2005-2001 Okanagan University College, Kelowna, BC
Fine Arts Diploma, courses: Painting, Sculpture, Drawing, Silkscreen, Art History, History, and English
2001 Capilano College, North Vancouver, BC
courses: English and History
1988-1986 Media Resources Program, Capilano College, North Vancouver, BC
Diploma of Arts and Science, courses: Photography, Video, Graphics, Animation, and Multi-image slide productions

Workshop or Night Courses
2000 Drawing Emily Carr College Art and Design, Vancouver, BC
2000-1992 Drawing, Coquitlam Continuing Ed., Coquitlam, BC
1995 Pottery, Richmond Art Centre, Richmond, BC
1994 Studio Photography, Richmond, Kwantlen College: Richmond, BC
1992-1990 Pottery, Aberthau House, Vancouver, BC



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