Karen A. Hummel
If a subject engages me, I find a way to celebrate it with a medium that I feel best suits the experience.
I work in watermedia, oils, pastels, graphite, and colored pencil.
Currently, I am exploring landscape, local and global, botanical studies, plant and animal imagery.
I feel connected personally to these subjects and they continue to inspire and move me.
My goal is to create a poetic and passionate view.
Karen was born in NYC and grew up in Dutchess County. She has resided in Columbia County for 38 years.
She completed her undergraduate work at SUNY New Paltz and graduate work at SUNY New Paltz, and College of St. Rose. She has also studied art privately.
As an arts advocate and creative thinker, Karen dedicated her 33 year career to the teaching of art and the art of teaching. She also served for 13 years as District Wide Art Department Chair. During her long tenure in Columbia County, she wrote new courses, developed independent studies, and wrote and was awarded mini grants to expand creative opportunities for students.
Karen stepped away from a successful 33 year career in teaching Visual Arts, in 2008 to pursue her art and all things creative. Karen works in a variety of media and most often subjects are reflective of nature in the form of landscape, plant forms, and animals. She teaches a private adult art class and is on the faculty of the Art School of Columbia County. She also has written published articles on art and artists. Her work is in private collections. Currently she serves as co-president of Berkshire Taconic’s Kinderhook Education Foundation Arts and Humanities Endowment Fund and past President of the Board of Directors of the Columbia County Council on the Arts.
Karen shows regionally with the Columbia County Council on the Arts and has participated in the Olana Plein Air paint out for the past three years.
Other art exhibitions have included Malden Bridge School of Art where she was included in the Norman Rice select exhibit, Scenic Hudson, St Agnes Cemetery Gallery in Menands, and Columbia Greene Community College and Riders Mills.
As an artist, Karen has also been commissioned to do drawings, paintings, murals, illustrations, calligraphy, photography, and design work.