I believe everyone is an artist.
I find myself in awe of the beauty around me often, and it inspires me to create relating lines and colors on paper and canvas, sometimes in clay and objects. My heart is filled with gratitude that I have lived a life where I have the luxury of basking in God's grace and our magnificent world. Although I believe we all have this luxury, the human journey is not without suffering. Painting is a way for me to make sense out of the extreme brilliance of both the joy and the suffering. I'm always surprised by what comes through when I sit down and let it happen. Even when I assert my idea of what I want to create I find myself in a much better place if I can surrender my own agenda and watch it unfold.
I attended the Art Institute of Southern California in Laguna Beach and have a BFA (with honors) in studio art and graphic design from Chapman University. I have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. My work can be seen in private and corporate collections in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area and here at Montana Gallery in Billings, Montana.
- Karyn Mehus