I was honored to have two illustrations in the recent “Flora and Fauna” issue of Candyfloss magazine. This gorgeous curated magazine features contemporary art by artists from across the globe. The Flora and Fauna theme makes for an inspiring look at the natural world around us.
Inside this luscious issue are in-depth interviews with Vanessa Van Meerhaeghe (her art graces the cover), photographer Kristin Sjaarda and embroidery artist Anna Koskova. In addition, the work of 46 other artists are presented — including me! My art features a drawing of a vintage beehive ornament covered with flowers and buzzing bees and a floral arrangement inspired by a stunning creation from Blue Jasmine Floral.
The two blurbs included on my feature:
I am lucky to live and create on a hillside in Virginia (near Washington, DC) with a spectacular view of the Blue Ridge mountains in the distance. I am inspired by the changing scenery – sunsets, seasonal weather, flora and fauna unique to this area. Much of my latest work features flowers with some birds, bees and butterflies thrown in at times and includes a combination of realism and whimsy. Upon close examination – a myriad of energetic marks provides an almost abstract sensibility.
I create fine art and illustrations in a variety of styles … all with a passion for big doses of color. I studied painting, printmaking and photography for my BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University as well as web design and digital illustration for my more recent MFA from the Academy of Art University. My illustration “Safe at Home” was chosen by the United Nations for their Global Call-Out to Creatives to Fight COVID-19. Dream list: I would love to see some of my digital flower portraits exhibited large-scale in a gallery setting and produced on dessert plates.
Karen Burton is an illustrator, designer, and photographer – inspired by her view of the Blue Ridge mountains from her home and studio in Virginia. She creates colorful, uplifting illustrations and surface pattern designs suitable for home decor, textiles, stationery, tabletop, publishing, and other products. Available for commissions, licensing and other custom projects. She has lots of future plans and dreams: illustrating a cookbook, creating illustrations for food magazines or culinary packaging, having a gallery show featuring her large-scale floral portraits, and seeing more of her art on all types of surfaces.
More of Karen Burton’s art and illustrations: