Birthday at the arboretum © Karen Stombaugh
Bio: Karen Stombaugh grew up on a farm in South West Minnesota. Until 2006, when she retired from a career in critical care nursing, art was always on the periphery. She obtained a fine arts degree from the University of Minnesota by taking night classes, and now she has more time to focus on her work. During the past few years, she has taken workshops from many nationally known pastellists. A major milestone on her artist's journey was a move to her Deephaven property, complete with a separate carriage house studio that overlooks her gardens. Karen is currently membership chair for the regional Lake Country Pastel Society. She has been juried into the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit a number of times and recently received awards from Arts in Harmony International Exhibit in Elk River, the Pastel Society of America, and Lake Country Pastel Society. Her painting, Over the Dam; Pipestone Creek was juried into the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) 26th Juried Exhibition in Albuquerque, June 2015. She was juried into the Pastel Society of America's Annual Exhibit for the 3rd year in a row, qualifying her for a PSA Signature membership.
Subject: Landscape (gardens)
Style: Colourful impressions of gardens and flowers – I haven’t seen anything quite like this since the pastels of Elsie Dinsmore Popkin.
Navigation: FineArtStudioOnline website in the style of a blog.
Gallery: Artworks; Pipestone National Monument Pastels; Archive
Image View: Thumbnails open in a viewer, and may be scrolled. The enlarged images are not greatly magnified from the thumbnails. Images may be saved. Birthday at the arboretum is 18 x 24 ins.