Karen J. Lloyd
Karen J. Lloyd
Amidst the challenges of living with chronic tick illness, I continue to explore the realm of natural aesthetics through acrylic paintings and photography. I embrace whimsical beauty and dramatic contrasts in art with the hope of evoking an emotional thread to our natural surroundings: the animals and landscapes increasingly overlooked in our fast-paced, human-oriented society.
Painter and photographer Karen J. Lloyd graduated in 2004 with Departmental Honors from the University of Vermont with a BA in English and minor in Animal Studies. Her award-winning photography has featured in juried exhibitions throughout Vermont and can be found in private collections throughout the United States as well as internationally, from Canada to as far away as Japan.
Karen’s artwork has been juried into group exhibits at the Winooski Pop-Up Gallery (2011), The Darkroom Gallery (2012-2014), VSA VT’s Engage Exhibit (2012-2013), UVM Alumni Art Exhibits (2013 & 2014), Boston Institute for Human Centered Design ADA Exhibit (2014) and Art + Soul (2014 & 2016). Solo/featured artist exhibits include at the Winooski Memorial Library Gallery (2010), Block Gallery & Coffeehouse (2011) and at the O’Brien Community Center (2013). Her art has also been shown at The Firefly Collective (2012), Winooski Holiday Art Market (2012), Burlington Beer Company (2014), Champlain Valley Fair (2009-2015), Visions of Vermont Gallery (NVAA Shows 2014 & 2015), One Arts Center (Holiday 2015), St. John Vianney Holiday Craft Fair (2015), Vermont Open Studio (2016) and Artists’ Mediums (2011-current).
Growing up in the vibrant contemporary arts community of Mystic, Connecticut, she felt creatively inspired from a young age. As a youth she participated in public exhibitions at two esteemed Connecticut galleries: the Mystic Art Association and Lyme Art Association. Her first winning painting entry was an acrylic in the Youth division at a Niantic, Connecticut fine art show. While in college, an art professor encouraged her to pursue art professionally, but it would be five years after graduation until she decided to take the plunge into art shows once again. In 2009, Karen finally entered her photography in a show for the first time, a decision that was rewarded with winnings for two of her entries at the Champlain Valley Fair Art Exposition in Essex, Vermont: Fair Parade Percherons and Dragonfly Trio received 3rd place and Honorable Mention awards respectively.
In 2011, Karen began to delve into another form of artwork, this time customizing and painting model horses using a meticulous mixed media approach of pastels, acrylics and even color pencils to bestow a life-like “softness” with a distinctive “sweet-faced” style. Once painting is completed, many of the horses serve as subjects in outdoor photo shoots, blurring the line between artistic fantasy and natural realism. Her model horses have earned numerous championships in the Northeast and have gone on to be recognized with some of the hobby’s highest awards at the North American Nationals.
She is a member of the Northern Vermont Artist Association (NVAA).
The artist currently resides in Winooski with her supportive fiancé and their much loved house rabbits, Squirrel and Solstice.