Hi, I am Karen Adams

I am an artist; I paint and draw. I obsessively observe the world around me. Form and colors that I see anywhere and everywhere appear in my work.

Early Inspirations

  • Receiving a large chalkboard with colored chalks from Santa at age 4
  • Taking art classes at The Children’s Museum, in Nashville, TN (Inspired and repulsed by the exhibit of shrunken heads on display in the museum)
  • Having been introduced to Picasso’s works and collage-making by a forward-thinking, art instructor when I was 11
  • Discovering that my ability to accurately draw what I saw was not the pinnacle of achievement, but rather a ‘jumping off place’ to something much more stimulating
  • Falling in love with drawing and painting the figure during my sophomore year in art school – a passion that has never waned


1985 M.F.A., University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
1982 B.F.A., University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
1982 University of Georgia Studies Abroad Program, Cortona, Italy
1980-81 National Student Exchange Program, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana
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