Karen Mulder was born and raised in Hawaii. Surrounded by rich vivid beauty, infinite color, culture, history and an exposure to the Arts at a young age, she decided to be an artist at age 7. With the combination of independence, unique vision and the diversity of the Islands, her artwork embodies the vibrant aloha spirit.
Her artwork is Bright Stylized Abstract– full of color, fluid lines, and layers intertwined. Her pieces are inspired by the Fauvism style, and burst with energy, free form and are vividly expressionistic. Her voice and aesthetic weave the intangible breadth of life and divinity of Hawaii into colorful brilliance. As an artist, she begins her process with inks that flow, spread and spill with fluid freedom. From there, each piece is cultivated by a layering of heart and soul with pen, acrylic and oil. She also enjoys using watercolors.
With degrees in Elementary Education, Journalism and Sociology she has always had an interest in the Arts, Education and Children. As a professional artist, she incorporates her love of color, Hawaii, and the arts into every facet of life. She has raised 4 children and has 3 grandchildren. She paints daily in her home studio in Chandler, Arizona.
Since her first art show at 16, her art has been exhibited in local art shows and has been chosen to showcase at local businesses. Her artwork was featured in The Miami River Art Fair, during Art Basel Week in Miami, Florida in 2016. Her paintings were featured in Chandler for a Gallery Exhibit: “Revealed at RedIntegration” in August 2017. In 2018, her artwork appeared in World of Interiors Magazine, Artistic Impressions in March, April and May Issues, and in House & Garden Magazine, Art Edit in April, May and June Issues, both United Kingdom Publications.
Graduating from the Milan Art Institute Art Mastery Program in Queen Creek Arizona in 2017, she plans to continue painting with her island-style flair, educate children and open a Gallery-Studio in Hawaii.
I believe that you share, you give, and you live Aloha. As a Hawaii born artist, I was surrounded by vivid color and culture. Aloha means hello, goodbye and love…it means the breadth of life, it is a spirit of love, peace and goodwill for the land, people and life. Though I am now based in Arizona, I strive to weave the intangible spirit of aloha into bold colorful tangible artwork. My paintings burst with color, fluid lines and layers.
Books and living in Hawaii lead me to dreaming of being an artist. As a little girl, I would spend hours pondering over books about artists, nature and animals. I remember turning pages in a book about Van Gogh. In awe over his artwork and tortured life, I decided to be an artist, at the age of 7 years old.
Though my strict European father and lost in literature mother filled our house with the Arts; books, artifacts, theater, artwork and mainly opera music, my childhood was endless chaos and tumultuous turmoil. Being full of energy and ideas, I would run and disappear outside for hours, taking solace in nature. I would run off to the mountains or the beach via a ditch that ran all the way up and down. I chased rainbows, trying to find the pot of gold. I lived in my mind, a dual world of cruelty and fantasy, of fear and beauty.
In my paintings, I aim to capture the moments of raw radiance in a child’s heart where there exists the purity of innocence and hope, where I was hidden in the trees, picking flowers, swimming free and unknowingly fostering independence. My artwork reflects and encompasses taking that breath of courage, emerging with bright boldness and a fiery passion of color to say…. “here I am”!
Hawaii is my heart, light and inspiration. When viewing my artwork, I always hope that people will see through my eyes, a colorful harmony and symphony of a genuine paradise, connecting with my vision of the aloha spirit and be free to chase rainbows. …. aloha karen
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