Artist Karen Kanas

Karen was raised in Chicago, Illinois and involved in the arts from a very young age. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre from the Performing Arts Center, Barat College of DePaul University. Karen was fortunate enough to work with such theatre companies as Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Chicago Theatre and Phoenix Theatre to name a few. She studied painting and art history throughout her years in school, in addition to studying architecture and interior design when she moved to Los Angeles, California at UCLA. Karen has been an artist for over ten years. Her background in theatre and architecture has influenced her immensely as an artist. Many pieces of her artwork have been on exhibit in Los Angeles, New York City and San Jose. Karen was featured in DESTIG Magazine as one their top emerging artists for 2019 and in the Los Angeles Art Association 2019 Volume 2 Catalog. She was a 2020 scholarship recipient from the Los Angeles Art Association and is a founding artist of Ozli based in Los Angeles. Karen also wrote and produced her video performance art piece, The Unseen Artist which is a self-exploration of herself as an artist, and she directed the online series, Shakespeare’s Pawn.

acrylic on canvas, 12″ x 36″

Untitled Landscape II

Untitled Landscape II is the second painting exploration about my love for California, the beach and the colors that the mountains and hillsides take on throughout the day.

acrylic on canvas, 12″ x 36″

Untitled Landscape I

Untitled Landscape I is about my love for California, the beach and the colors that the mountains and hillsides take on throughout the day.

acrylic and gesso on canvas,
48″ x 24″

Grounding

Grounding is an abstract piece about meditation – feeling grounded and centered to the earth. Meditation is a huge part of my daily life.

acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 24″

Facing the Future

Facing the Future is an abstract self portrait. I was dealing with a lot of changes in my life at the time – learning how to put the past behind me and move forward with my life into the future.

This artists work is also featured in the Long Beach ArtWalk Magazine Fall Issue. The magazine can be downloaded or purchased in print here.