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I'm Karen Frankel, an Australian artist and educator. I specialise in teaching non-drawers simple observation skills while introducing them to the magic of the drawing process.
I have drawn since childhood. However, as an adult, it occurred to me that many people thought drawing was something difficult to do and a spark of wanting to explain the ‘magic secret’ ignited in me. Fast forward many years and my dream came true. In 2003, after two years of teaching Drawing for Non-Drawers at UWA Extension I founded an art school - Galleria Art Studio - from where I taught over a thousand people to draw. I encouraged them to continue drawing with a new-found attitude of enthusiasm which overrode their initial fear and self-judgement.
I specialise in teaching non-drawers simple observation skills while introducing them to the magic of the drawing process. My experience with people from all walks of life has kept me passionate about bringing creativity to those that think they ‘haven’t a creative bone in their body’.
I have a strong focus on teaching beginners in a fun and relaxing way and support and encourage the student whatever their ability.
My overriding philosophy is the pleasure taken in the 'doing' regardless of the end result. The benefits of this creative exposure include an understanding of the process of art that they look at, the ability to view the world in a different way and the strengthened self-esteem that comes with taking a risk.
My paintings in mixed media allow for complete freedom to work with beautiful papers, inks, and acrylic without restrictions. Moving to Western Australia in 1984, I was captivated by the rugged beauty of the Western Australian landscape.
Strongly attracted to interesting shapes, particularly negative space for design and composition, I have developed a technique of image creation. In this I create richly textured multi-layered artworks, using papers, inks, acrylic, graphite, charcoal and drawing to build up the images in stages. This produces an unexpected quality to the work - happy accidents - that add a character and depth to my paintings.
I have exhibited widely in WA and work out of my studio in Dianella, Perth. I also conduct drawing classes and art workshops at Galleria Art Studio.