Karen Gillis Taylor photo

Email: kgillistaylor@gmail.com

“There are moments in a person’s life when she knows life is changing forever. That moment came for me in the summer of 1972, when I back-packed through Europe as a history student with my friend Terry. I came home with a burning desire to become a painter. I always loved making art since I was a child, and that seed got its huge dose of watering during those 11 weeks of visiting all the art treasures of the continent.”

 Karen paints imaginary cityscapes and other themes inspired by her life and travels. “My focus is color and design. Once I departed from realism, it was as if someone gave me permission to express myself in paint and color in the way most natural to me. Free-form drawing helped me discover how my imagination works. I have saved all my sketchbooks over the years. The pages remind me of how my creative mind works, and inspire me to go on with color and paint to bring an idea to canvas.

Karen’s paintings may be seen at Osmosis Gallery in Niwot, CO. Or visit her Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/shimmertown.

Karen lives with her family in Boulder County, Colorado.


Osmosis Gallery, Niwot, CO 2009-present

Bill Hester Fine Arts, Santa Fe. 2015

Gallery at Studio J, Denver, 2 person exhibit May-June 2015

Wildside Gallery, Frisco, CO 2006-2008

Commissioned by Colorado Business Bank, Louisville, CO: Three large paintings in main lobby, 2005 (to present)

“Landscapes and Cloudscapes”, November 2004-January 2005, The Art Room Gallery, Niwot, CO

“A Place in the Heart”, Summer/Fall 2004, The Art Room Gallery, Niwot, CO

“The Magic of Trees and Flowers”, Spring 2004, The Art Room Gallery, Niwot, CO

April 2004, Northern Colorado Artist Association Annual Exhibit, Ft. Collins, CO

September 2003, Niwot Clothesline Art Festival, Niwot, Colorado

August 2003 and 2004, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Exhibit and fundraiser, Vail, Colorado

August 2002, “Ana 31” National Juried Exhibition, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana

September 2001, National Juried Exhibition, Louisville Center for the Arts, Louisville, Colorado

August 2001, Old Firehouse Art Center 2-D Juried Exhibition, Longmont, Colorado

April 2001 and 2003, Greeley National Juried Art Exhibition, Greeley, Colorado

March-April 2001, “Contemporary Works of Faith,” juried exhibit, Schumacher Gallery, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio

February-March 2001, “The Look of Love,” juried all media art competition, John Nichols Gallery, Santa Paula, California

September 2000, “Lines into Shapes” national juried exhibition, Art Center of Estes Park, Colorado

June 2000, National Juried Exhibition, Farmington Museum, New Mexico

Fall 1999, Open Studios juried exhibition, Boulder, Colorado



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