Lotus, oil on canvas, 48" x 42", 1999

Karen Chesterman earned her MFA from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. Her has been shown extensively throughout the Midwest, and her work is held in both private and institutional collections. She works full-time in her studio in Sioux City, Iowa and is represented by the Olson-Larsen Gallery in Des Moines.

The most immediate element of Sioux City artist Karen Chesterman's recent work is the use of vibrant color. Color, vaporous and dense, layered, mobile, sometimes suggesting images but never resolving itself, is the dominant force in Chesterman's work. Chesterman describes her current paintings "as accumulations of thought and decision-making." She leaves traces of a painting's evolution, sanding or scraping layers of paint to reveal the subtle relationships woven into the accumulated strata of color and marks. She says, "What is visible on the surface is not always the most important aspect of the art."

Karen Chesterman's website

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