My art training began with foundational drawing skills through certification in illustration and drawing from Art Instruction School in Minneapolis. Over the years, I have added supplementary courses and workshops to refine drawing skills and mixed media techniques including online training from London Art College as well as on-site workshops in Surrey, England; American Academy of Equine Art at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington; Scottsdale Artists’ School in AZ, and art coursework at University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. I also participate in online courses offered by outstanding artists who specialize in the art media I prefer.
I have experimented with many types of traditional art media including oils, watercolors, colored and graphite pencils, and clay sculpture, as well as computers and electronic media. I enjoy working with color in any medium but I especially enjoy the challenge of working with ink, colored pencil, graphite, charcoal, carbon, and soft pastels.
Pen and ink drawings are completed with traditional and mechanical pens using India ink on high quality drawing paper. The paper is bleed proof and India ink is a permanent ink that does not bleed when dry. These tools and materials provide crisp and bright drawings.
My art studio is in Bear Valley Springs, near Tehachapi, California. I have been happily self-employed since 1996 as a qualitative research consultant offering professional support for qualitative researchers and graduate students in all disciplines. There are many creative and innovative parallels between my two professions and each is enhanced by the other.
About the Artist - Karen Conger
I use a combination of the finest quality ink, color pencils, graphite, charcoal, carbon, and soft pastels available to ensure archival quality lightfastness and to render fine details and bright contrasts.
Drawing is a wonderful creative outlet for me and it enhances all aspects of my personal and professional life. I would be honored to create something meaningful and of value to you.
Please contact me with your ideas for something of importance to you.