Artist. Designer. Writer. Teacher. Chicago native Karen Boykin has been creating things since she was 7 years old, beginning with knitting, crocheting, and writing short stories. In addition to an affinity for the arts, Karen also maintained an interest in medicine, scientific research, and technology. In fact, it was her technology day job that made it possible to rediscover and pursue her creative passions.
Karen's artwork has been described as a gestural type of abstract expressionism. Splats and drips pepper the canvas as do swirls and daubs of color. She uses acrylics as her pieces tend to be multi-layered and this medium dries quickly enough to satisfy her love of visually interesting texture. She's also exploring the world of assemblage and how unlikely pairings of textiles, found objects, and resistive substrates collide into a fantastic 3-dimensional experience.
Karen collects buttons, books, yarn, patterns, paints and canvas. She has done economic research, been a systems manager, web architect, an award-winning broadcast journalist for CBS in Chicago, and a teacher at Columbia College.
Karen also loves to travel and try new things, dabbling in photography, refining her tastes for hops, malt, and barley, as well as publishing the occasional special events critique for ChicagoBites.com.