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First Name Karen
Last Name Hoepting
Country Canada
Biography 
Karen obtained her Honors Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts from University of Waterloo in 1997. Her studio work at the time was divided between working with drawing mediums on paper and with acrylics or oils on canvas. Today, she combines her media together working on both canvas and paper creating brilliant, whimsical abstract images that make reference to the animals she loves.

The works of the German Expressionists and the Symbolists have always intrigued Karen. She has always felt emotionally drawn to the vivid and powerful imagery of Kathie Kollwitz, Egon Schiele, and Gustav Klimt. Like some of these artists, Karen speaks to the viewer through symbols and stylistic motifs.

Animals have been recurring subjects in Karen's work for several years. She grew up on a livestock farm and formed a strong attachment to animals. Today, Karen has two dogs and two cats and is an Ontario Humane Society Volunteer: "Animals are definitely a passion for me. I feel compassion for all forms of life. Naturally, my feelings about animals transferred into my art." Her art is an exploration of animals' spiritual and natural qualities and how these co-exist with industrial society. Through her primitive yet sophisticated style, she combines abstract elements together to create happy and lighthearted works.
Karen obtained her Honors Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts from University of Waterloo in 1997. Her studio work at the time was divided between working with drawing mediums on paper an...
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