Encouragement of art in buckinghamshire

Karen Martin

“One of the most exciting parts of creating art is taking risks” .” It’s only a piece of paper “
These were thought provoking statements I heard shortly after I signed on at Amersham and
Wycombe College Art college.

After many years of working as a midwife, this was an exciting prospect . I went on to study
mixed media, life drawing, printmaking and the history of art and soon I was addicted and
enjoyed the excitement of the the unexpected results.

My work is influenced by found materials, collage and alternative methods of working, and also
inspired by sketching and painting landscapes en plein aire, as well as still life. Abstraction and
the natural form gives inspiration, and the use of photography on location helps with detail.
With the use of a printing studio I am also developing new methods of producing work in print
form.

Keeping my work alive and evolving is my constant look out and companion.

I regularly exhibit with Bucks, Berk and Herts Printmakers, and have exhibited mixed media at various locations, including: Dulwich Picture Gallery – Open Exhibition & Bucks County Museum – Off the Wall.