Meet Karen

I'm an Atlanta artist and I create abstract paintings in acrylic and mixed media. I am inspired by nature and often contemplate what lies beneath the surface of things. Using acrylic paints and other materials, I convey ideas through texture and color. I find that people want to touch my paintings to get a sense of what it is they are seeing.

In this blog, I share my life as an artist...what inspires me, my process of making art, and the work that I create. 

Picture of Karen PhillipsI have shown work at the Buckhead Library, Atlanta Artists Center, Sycamore Place Gallery, and Kudzu Art Zone Gallery and Art Center in Norcross. I live in Lake Claire with my husband, Wayne Darcey, and our two dogs.

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Upcoming Solo Show

December 15 - January 15, The First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta (The Old Stone Church) 470 Candler Park Drive Northeast Atlanta, GA 30307

Selected Exhibitions in Georgia

Tickle Your Fancy, Kudzu Art Zone Gallery & Art Center, Norcross, 2013
Open Juried Exhibitjuried by Larry Walker, Kudzu Art Zone Gallery & Art Center, Norcross, 2013
Crossing Into Abstraction, Women's Caucus for Art of Georgia, Georgia Perimeter College, 2013
Correcting for Drift, WCAGA Members’ Exhibit, Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston, 2012
Abstract Whisperings, Sycamore Place Gallery, Decatur, 2011 (duo show)
Featured Artist, Dekalb High School of Technology, South, Decatur, 2010
Reading Between the Blue Lines, Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, Decatur, 2010
Atlanta Artists Center Sixth Multi-Artist/Media Exhibit, Buckhead Library, Atlanta, 2010
Dogwood in Springtime, Atlanta Artists Center, Atlanta, 2010 (Honorable Mention)
Burst of Creativity, Kudzu ArtZone, Norcross, 2010 (Honorable Mention)
Textured Sight, solo show, First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta, Candler Park, 2010
Art Salon, Pine Lake, 2009
Pin-Up Show, Eyedrum, Atlanta, 2008
Pin-Up Show, City Hall East Gallery, Atlanta, 2008
The National Arts Program, City Hall East Gallery, Atlanta, 2007
The National Arts Program, City Hall East Gallery, Atlanta, 2006 (Honorable Mention)
KPMG Employees for the Arts, SunTrust Plaza building, Atlanta, 2006


Kudzu Art Zone Gallery and Art Center
Women's Caucus for Art of Georgia