About the Work

Through the use of color, transparency, and layering, my goal is to create lyrical and magical representations of the natural world, whether the subject is a humble group of leaves, a majestic mountain range or an endangered bird.
I paint everyday elements of the natural world that I observe in my urban neighborhood, in a wilderness, or in tropical jungles, and work to capture their mystery, variation, and whimsicality.

In the natural world I see endless contradictions within the same landscape: light/ dark; arid/ wet; living/ dying. I am compelled to examine this harmonious paradox in my work. I am transfixed by the complex tapestry of nature and its constant flux.

My process reflects this fascination with the constant motion and spontaneity that is ever-present in the natural world.  I begin a painting by developing the ground—spilling and in turns adding different colors of paint onto the paper.  Though I manipulate the paint using various techniques, there is always an element of surprise and wildness.  I strive to maintain this feeling of movement and spontaneity as I develop the painting to its finished state.
I work with watercolor paints and pencils, ink, and charcoal on 260-300# cold press Arches watercolor paper.

About the Artist

Born in New York City, I was raised in Berkeley, California. Over the years, I studied art at the University of California, Berkeley, the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland, California.
To support myself, I devoted most of the last 25 years to a legal career, and began raising a family. I have now returned, however, to my original passion, drawing and painting.

Featured Artist Interview

Visit my Studio

Studios 11

560 2nd Street, Oakland, CA (Near Jack London Square)

email info@karenkramerart.com or use contact form to make appointment

Selected Shows and Exhibits

Featured Artist, Studios 11, Oakland, CA  Dec. 7-31, 2018

Public Art Installation (Alameda County Arts Commission) Castro Valley, CA, utility box art  (Summer 2019)

Moraga Art Gallery, Moraga, CA, Featured guest Artist, June – August 2018

Yosemite Renaissance 33 (Feb-May 2018), Yosemite Nat’l Park Museum Gallery, Int’l Juried Competition

Arc Gallery, SNAP Exhibit (Jan 2018), Juried Show, SF, CA

Harrington Gallery, Firehouse Arts Center (May-June 2017), Juried Competition (Merit Award), Pleasanton, CA

Coos Art Museum, Expressions West 2017 Juried Competition (April – June 2017), Coos Bay, Oregon

Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, 31st Annual Int’l Juried Competition, Tallahasse, Fl (August – Oct. 2016)

San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, Bay Area Invitational Exhibition (juried) April 5- May 7, 2016 (Juror’s Pick)

4th Street Fine Arts Gallery, Berkeley, CA, Juried 6x6 Show (Nov. 2015 – Jan. 2016)

Chico Art Center, Chico, CA. National All  Media Juried Exhibition  (July – Aug. 2015)

Collector gallery, Berkeley, CA (Feb-April 2015)

Linus Art Galleries, Los Angeles, CA. Juried Online Show on Botanicals (Jan-Feb 2015)

Dab Art 2014 International Juried Exhibition, HUD Gallery, Ventura, CA (Nov. 15 – Dec. 22, 2014)

Light Space & Time Online Gallery Juried Show on Nature (Special Merit award) (Oct. 2014)

Featured Artist, Key2Arts Online Newsletter (Oct. 27-Nov. 3, 2014)

Featured Guest Artist, Moraga Art Gallery, Moraga, CA (March 16 – May 31, 2014)

California Water Color Association 44th National Exhibition (2013),
Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont, CA

Collector gallery, Berkeley, CA  (2013)

Women’s Cancer Resource Center, Oakland, Ca (2012)

The Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Community Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA (2012)

Gallery 411/Classic Cars West (2011)  Oakland Art Murmur, Oakland, Ca

Permanent Collections

Cherryland Community Center, Cherryland CA (Alameda County Arts Commission) (coming 2019)

Stanford Medical Center, Stanford, CA

Pacifica Family Maternity Center, Berkeley CA


Represented by SFMOMA Artist’s Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Workshop Instructor, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA