We had the good fortune of connecting with Karen Duckles and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Karen, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
In response to this question of how to know when to keep going or when to give up, you have to look within and see if your practice of art making is personally fulfilling or satisfying. It’s rare for art to pay well enough to provide a living, so the rewards are more internal. So many of us carry on with our practice because it is such a personal, life affirming thing! Why not do this as long as life allows? It seems like one of the most important things we can do with our time on this earth.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Right now, what excites me about my painting is color. For many years, I worked in black and white, but recently I have been using more color. It can add a really strong feeling to a piece. Color is a world unto itself! It’s fun to add it to the other art elements I’ve been exploring for years.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
It’s always wonderful to visit Huntington Gardens. There are so many amazing plants there from all over the world. A real visual riot! Another great place to visit is the Getty Villa. It’s a lovely place with cool antiquities and a wonderful garden. Afterwards you can go to the beach!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to dedicate my Shoutout to the art collective 57 Underground. This organization has really helped me by giving me a platform to develop and exhibit fully realized bodies of work.