Karen Michael, born in Sydney, Australia in 1964. Karen studied Law at the University of NSW  and practised in Sydney, Melbourne and Los Angeles. Her passion for painting, sculpture and drawing emerged in 2000, when she commenced her artistic endeavours.

Having spent time on drawing (including studying at Julian Ashton Art School) and some time exploring and enjoying three dimensional work, her passion for oil painting was truly ignited during the very inspirational and extending three years spent studying at the Charlie Sheard Studio School. Charlie’s thorough presentation of traditional techniques, from the preparation of the support and making the paints to the examination and practice of the oil painting techniques used by the masters, both old and more recent, provided a solid foundation from which Karen’s own practice developed.

Karen has embraced many of the elements she learned during her three years with Charlie Sheard. She enjoys the preparation of the raw Belgium linen, using the purest of materials – cold pressed linseed oil, stand linseed oil, solvent and the finest and purest oil paints. Karen appreciates that her work comprises many elements from the same plant and finds this organic process very fulfilling.

In her latest body of work, Karen has taken a new direction. This work is drawn from a critical examination of herself, her place in the world, and of the visual images that inspire her. This work reflects feelings of disappointment and betrayal, experienced as a female in a male environment, as well as the beauty and strength Karen discovered within. Examining herself  and her life, the connections between her corporate persona, her unequivocal feminism and her inherently creative, loving and compassionate soul, through a clear feminist lens resulted in  these new paintings.