Hello! I am Karen Burton, an artist, designer and photographer. I am lucky to live and create atop a bucolic hillside near Waterford, Virginia – about 45 miles northwest of Washington, DC – where I can see the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance. It’s simply amazing how different this special place looks through multiple seasons and various times of day.
I love all things creative. I grew up making clothes (for Barbie and for me), drawing horses and floor plans for my future dream home and making gifts for family and friends. I studied painting, printmaking and photography in art school for my BFA as well as web design and digital illustration for my more recent MFA.
l was very involved in textile design a number of years ago – creating hand-painted repeat designs using gouache on paper. I exhibited at Surtex a couple of times and found success selling designs for bedding, rugs, scarves and gift wrap to various companies. I also worked directly with Macys to develop several bedding collections. I ultimately moved on to other things – as raising a family took over – but am coming back to it by adding digital technology that wasn’t available in my prior surface design life. I’m excited to discover that a fine art background combined with digital tools is a powerful combo!
- United Nations – Shortlisted for Global Call Out to Fight the Spread of COVID-19
- Illustrators for Hire
- They Draw and Cook
- J.P. Stevens/West Point Home
- Springs Global
- Gitano Accessories
I have another online business for which I wear all of the hats – web design & development, product photography, marketing, customer service, etc. Visit Rendezvous Gallery to see some amazing items from talented U.S. fine art & craft artists.
For any computer nerds (said lovingly) out there, you might enjoy reading my MFA thesis presentation book that goes into detail about the stages of developing the My Creative View flash application offering users a way to find inspiration and take part in the creative process. (The actual online application is no longer accessible due to the cessation of Flash programming.)
Inspiration comes from the natural world around me (sunsets, gardens, etc.), from art, architecture and artifacts found in the wonderful museums and galleries nearby and from travel to local and exotic destinations.