Size: 24"W x 24"H x 2"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
This is a famous Merilyn Monroe pose using a Ken doll. It is pastel, acrylic paint and pencil with a little bit of a page from my art history book at the bottom.
After peeling down the entire onion of Karen Ann Jones, what I found was ‘Karen the painter.’ The same person I was when I was 5, but had forgotten. I never changed, I only left who I was for a while. I paint because that is who I am. Being my most authentic me is my true integrity.
My goal in my work is to express my optimistic, happy, in love with life, quirky, deep, intimate and passionate perspective of life.
My passion in what I paint is to express peoples feelings of freedom to be their true selves.
I choose my painting by recreating a visual of the feelings I am having at that moment. I get to spend personal time with that passionate feeling that I long to experience. This is probably why I don’t paint a painting in one day. I want to linger in that relationship.
I've been an artist my whole life. In 2010 I focused 100% of my career on my painting. My focus has almost exclusively been on the figure but I have occasionally painted cityscapes and dogs. I was born in Wisconsin and raised in Arizona. I have two brothers, one of them being my twin who is also an artist, but he's a 6 foot cowboy and lives in Texas. I'm a city girl but like contradictions so I also have a 1968 Airstream that likes to take a lot of trips around this country. I have the traveling bug and have been to every state. Traveling feeds the well of information needed for my brain and spirit that I bring to my painting. My goal in my work is to express my optimistic, happy, in love with life, quirky, deep, intimate and passionate perspective of life.