Karen painting at Publishers Invitational Paint Camp in the Adirondacks, photo by Turner Vision for Plein Air Magazine
and the finished painting below, from The Flume- "Painters Paradise" 8.5 x20" has been accepted into the 25th Annual National Oil Painters Of America Exhibit at Southwest Gallery, Dallas Texas May 13- June 15, 2016
Karen Ann Hitt is an award-winning artist, classically trained at Parson’s School of Design in New York, majoring in Illustration. That classic background is evident in her style, along with her love of capturing the figure and the effects of light in all of her scenes. Her paintings are noted to accentuate the effects of light, adding to their luminosity with her landscapes/skyscapes reflecting the essence of the landmark. Karen’s award-winning paintings have been collected by private and corporate collections, such as Venice City Hall locally and nationally the U.S. I.R.S. Her Illustrations have been published nationally in both children’s picture books and distributed in a line of gifts. Notably awarded: Two time Semi- Finalist Plein Air Magazines Plein Air Salon 2016, 2017; Best Landscape, WPSE National Exhibit 2016; 1st Place VAC Summerfest 2016; participant in: Best Of Plein Air exhibit, LPAPA; American Impressionist Society, Small Works Inaugural Exhibit; Oil Painters of America: National Salon Show 2015, and their 25th Annual National Show; Paint the Parks & Paint America National Exhibits, 2006 recipient of the Muses Award, Exhibiting Memberships with: Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, Plein Air Artist Colorado, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and Women Painters of the South East. She is the founder (2003) of the Venice Plein Air group and a signature member of Plein Air Florida. She is a Nationally Exhibiting Artist, Published in Plein Air Magazine Oct/Nov. 2015, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine May/Jun. 2016, Plein Air Magazine June/July 2017 and featured in Plein Air magazine OutdoorPainter.com.
"I always feel awestruck when an artist can truly capture light. At capturing that light none can do so better with a figure than Vermeer, or in a landscape like Turner. Few capture expressions with a single brush stroke as Sargent, or illustrate the complete scene with richness of color and figures better than N.C. Wyeth. Cassatt's ability to portray the warmth of a mood is amazing. The Hudson River School artists' ability to portray the scale, atmosphere and light of the landscape before them has always left me with a passion to do the same. There is so much to learn from all the masters.”
Hitt returned to Florida from Washington State in 1995, residing since in Venice. Raising three children as a single parent from 1998, opportunity arose in 2013 to take on the next season in her life. “Bottom line, I wouldn’t have been able to make it out my door, or back to my door without family and friends. I am blessed with more of them than I deserve. I owe them a LOT! These are debts of kindness and finances that I am looking forward to repaying. I have jested that ‘baby turned 22 and momma took a road trip’ – a really big road trip. My 82-year-old dad and 22-year-old son were placed in charge of my house while I was away. Little did they know, they both were in charge of keeping an eye on the other. It seemed like the best plan at the time, filling a need for each of us. So, home-front taken care of: Check.” Karen Ann, Hitt the road!
The one-woman exhibit "At That Moment..." (2/27-3/20/2015) an exhibit two and a half years in the making. Featuring the plein air paintings from her five month, 21,000-mile solo journey crisscrossing the U.S.A. en plein air, the people and the places all along the way displayed at where it all began, the Venice Art Center’s Pat Buster Gallery/Museum, a major venue where 70 paintings displayed from 4-by-6-inch plein air works to 40-by-60-inch studio paintings.
Karen Ann’s work is also available locally at her working Art Studio:
An Original Hitt- Fine Art & Atelier
230 Ponce de Leon Ave. Venice FL 34285
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