Artists Karen SJ Keable

 

'Inspiration for my paintings comes from the amazing Norfolk and Suffolk scenery, which I see every day: The dramatic sky, light reflecting off water, rugged old boats, a pile of fishing paraphernalia on a beach. Everyday things just lying around, that when the light hits them look amazing. An inspirational sky for me conjures up all sorts of emotional feelings, lost loved ones, angels, hopes and dreams, what's to come. That particular feeling I portray in my painting creating a drama which the viewer interprets in a personal way to them.'

Karen was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk in 1966, the granddaughter of Guernsey artist Louis Le Ray. As an adult Karen travelled the world living in Singapore, Bangkok, Australia and Norway. During this time she developed her love of drawing and painting, undertaking portrait commissions and running art classes. 'Living in all of those great places, gave me the opportunity to see new cultures, new colours and new scenes all of which would have an effect on my painting.'

On her return to Britain Karen studied Art in Aberdeen. She moved to Southwold seafront in 1999 and realized her natural ability to capture the sea. She enjoyed limitless views of the beach, the groynes, the sea, birds, people, beach huts and of course the waves crashing onto the sand. Her paintings became increasingly popular.

In 2004 two of her paintings were selected for a permanent art collection in the House of Lords.

Karen purchased the Southwold Gallery in 2005, 'So now not only was I in charge of my own destiny, but I had the opportunity to help others artists to display their work - this has been fantastic for me - able to support emerging artists as I was supported.' The gallery exhibits over 40 local artists and has thousands of loyal customers.

In 2008, she was approached by Dorling Kindersley to write and develop a book on advanced acrylic painting. Following several hard months of painting, writing and having her work photographed in a step by step process, the book was published in 15 different languages and received a number of 5 star reviews.

Karen now lives and works in Norwich but still has a home in Southwold. In Norwich, her studio is surrounded by parkland and wildlife. 'This setting is perfect for tranquil painting time although my heart belongs by the sea.'

Karen's paintings are in private collections in Britain, Europe, Malaysia, Australia and America, including two paintings held in the House of Lords Art Collection. Her work is on permanent exhibition at Southwold Gallery, Southwold.

Reference:

Making Waves, Artists in Southwold by Ian Collins. Published 2005 by Black Dog Books.

Who's Who in Art, Hillmarton Manor Press.

March 2007 Elected Member of East Anglian Marine Artists

Author of 'Acrylics Workshop II, published in 15 languages by Dorling Kindersley 2008.

How Artists See East Anglian Places, A Green Pebble Publication, 2010

How Artists See People, A Green Pebble Publication, 2010

100 Women in 100 Words, Inspirational Women in Norfolk and Suffolk, 2012.

Exhibitions (a selection):

2004 Solo Exhibition 'Quintessential Suffolk' - Southwold Town Hall

2004 House of Lords - London 'Best of Britain' Exhibition

2006 Mall Galleries, London East Anglian Group of Marine Artists Exhibition

2007 Hunter Gallery, Long Melford Summer Exhibition

2008 Mall Galleries, London

2010 Art in the Park, Croxton Park

2010 Mall Galleries London

2012 Solo Exhibition, Southwold Gallery

2014 Solo Exhibition, Roger Hickman's, Norwich


Gallery Items

A Celebration of Colour

Original acrylic

£1,150

A Splash of Summer

Original acrylic

£1,150

After the crowds

Original acrylic

£1,150

Ebb and Flow

Original acrylic

£1,150

Evening Reflection

Original acrylic

£1,150

Lobster Pots Aldeburgh

Original acrylic

£495

Longliner Resting

Original acrylic

£575

Low tide, Wells next the Sea

Original acrylic

£1,150

Oh I do love the Show

Original acrylic

£575

Passing Storm I

Original acrylic

£495

Passing Storm II

Original acrylic

£495

Reflections

Original acrylic

£1,150

Sun Soaked Vineyard

Original acrylic

£575

The Call of the Sea

Original acrylic

£1,050

The Sea of Grass

Original acrylic

£795

Under the Tuscan Sun

Original acrylic

£575

1 The Under the Pier Show

Original acrylic

Sold

Beach mosaic

Original acrylic

Sold

Coming off the Beach

Original acrylic

Sold

Morning has Broken

Original acrylic

Sold

Red Head revisited

Original acrylic

Sold

Silver Birch and Heather

Original acrylic

Sold

Southwold from the Pier

Original acrylic

Sold

Strangers in the Snow

Original acrylic

Sold

Summertime

Original acrylic

Sold

Together Again

Original acrylic

Sold


Prints

A Celebration of Colour

20 x 30 ins

£199

Blanket of snow

16 x 12 ins

£99

Coastal Idyll

40 x 16 ins

£199

Crabbing S/wold harbour

16 x 12 ins

£99

Early Morning visit

16 x 16 ins

£125

From the Dunes

20 x 30 ins

£199

Gathering my thoughts

16 x 40 ins

£199

Relaxing Southwold Beach

16 x 12 ins

£99

Taking the Air

20 x 30 ins

£199

Treading the boards.

24 x 30 ins

£199

A Slice of Suffolk

21 x 9 ins

£30

A walk on Minsmere Heath

12.5 x 16.6 ins

£25

Anchored

7 x 10 ins

£15

Brilliance - Framed

12.25 x 16 ins

£49

Brilliance - Unframed

11 x 14 ins

£29

Distant Southwold - Framed

16 x 12.25 ins

£49

Dream Catcher - Framed

16 x 12.25 ins

£49

Dream Catcher - Unframed

14 x 11 ins

£29

Drifting By - Framed

12.5 x 16.6 ins

£49

Drifting By - Unframed

11 x 14 ins

£29

Equilibrium

16 x 23 ins

£30

Exposed

10.5 x 7 ins

£15

High Spirits - Framed

12.25 x 16 ins

£49

High Spirits - Unframed

11 x 14 ins

£29

Life's Hurdles

16 x 23 ins

£30

New Horizons

16 x 23 ins

£60

No Holding Back - Framed

12.25 x 16 ins

£49

No Holding Back - Unframed

11 x 14 ins

£29

Oblivious

17.5 x 26.5 ins

£20

Paddling

16 x 23 ins

£30

Point of View

8 x 20 ins

£25

Red Head - Unframed

14 x 11 ins

£29

Red Head - framed

16 x 12.5 ins

£49

Rolling By - Framed

18 x 24 ins

£95

Rolling By - Unframed

17 x 23 ins

£65

Rush Hour

23 x 16 ins

£60

Seaside Idyll - Framed

12.25 x 16 ins

£49

Seaside Idyll - Unframed

11 x 14 ins

£29

Southwold

11 x 15.5 ins

£17.50

Southwold Light - Framed

12.25 x 16 ins

£49

Southwold Light - Unframed

11 x 14 ins

£29

Sunburst - Framed

16 x 12.25 ins

£49

Sunburst - Unframed

14 x 11 ins

£29

Temptress - Framed

12.25 x 16 ins

£49

Temptress - Unframed

11 x 14 ins

£29

Towards Walberswick - framed

16 x 12.25 ins

£49

Wish you were here - framed

16 x 12.25 ins

£49

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