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Karen O'Brien

 
University Place, WA

Artist's Statement

My Mother wanted me to become an artist but I became a doctor instead.  I served as an Army Family Physician and spent much of my career training young doctors.   As the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq waged, my students and husband were deployed in harm's way.   I turned to art and exploring the outdoors to explore ways to build resilience in myself and others.     After serving a tour in Afghanistan, I retired in 2014 with 27 years of service.   I now take care of Veterans part time and spend the rest of my free time painting.

I live in the Pacific Northwest and am passionate about the beauty of our National landmarks and the strength and peace that they provide to us.   In an Impressionist style, I use pastel, acrylic and watercolor to provide the viewer with the amazing experiences and sense of wonder that I encounter on hikes and adventures.


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"The Smoky Elwha II"

Acrylic
Dimensions: 18"H x 12"W
NFS
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"The Poetry of Waves"

Acrylic
Dimensions: 9"H x 12"W
NFS
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Last updated 01/18/18 NT
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