Statement: Karrie York had always loved art but as a child, it was deemed too messy for her to create at home. As she got older, her passion for art renewed itself and an opportunity to get some instruction presented its self. She met a local artist, whom she also found attractive (and single), so she asked for painting lessons.
Today they remain friends, but art-making has taken a real meaningful place in life.
Her half animal/half child acrylic paintings cross the boundaries of realism and whimsy and came about as she struggled to paint them separately. “I couldn’t get a child sitting atop a lamb to work,” she says. “So I cut them apart, put them back together and that seemed to gel!” Karrie continues to take this sense of whimsy into her other paintings styles where bears have tea parties and fruit and vegetables are compiled to create people.
Working from her Denver home, (she’s a native and a founding member of Valkarie Gallery) York finds inspiration from historical events and artists from all centuries (she‘s also a documentary junkie).