Karen Pearce


I’m an Aberystwyth based painter who has exhibited my work widely in Wales and England since 1987.  I established a reputation early on in my career, with the publication and worldwide distribution of my semi-abstract floral work, as posters for The Art Group, Ikea and Habitat in the 1990’s. I undertook  formal art training at Aberystwyth University in 1998, completing a BA (1st class hons) and an MA in Fine Art (2003).  I have been represented locally by Oriel y Bont since that time. I work in my studio above the town in Aberystwyth, and as a skills tutor for Aberystwyth Arts Centre and for Oriel Davies, Newtown. My primary interests are in landscape subjects, painting for exhibitions and private commissions. A common thread that runs through my work is a focus on the light and its effect on the landscape.   I often paint “en plein air“ for the pleasure of it, or as a starting point for larger studio canvasses, usually in acrylic. Other paintings are developed as experiments with mixed media – watercolour or gouache, pastels, ink or acrylic , combined with various textures and surfaces. It all celebrates a sense of place, a love of the elements, and an abiding fascination with the expressive potential of paint.