San Francisco Artist Karen Coggeshall had early careers in Fashion merchandising and Custom Freelance Art Projects before she and her husband started a software development company where she became skilled in Graphic Design, Desktop Publishing and Office Management. After years of focusing on their small business, Karen's lifelong passion for art compelled her to return to school at CCSF to study Painting, Drawing and Printmaking. Her unique Monoprints and Monotypes combine diverse inspirational sources (tapestries, Japanese wood-block prints, and ceramics to name a few) with vibrant colors and patterns to create compelling semi-abstractions that are at once familiar and new.
My art reflects my passion for vibrant color, strong graphic elements, pattern and texture. Strong influences in my work are Classicism, Impressionism, Aestheticism, the Arts and Crafts Movement and the Nabis of the 19th Century.
I work in a variety of media including oil, ink, fabric, paper, pastels and watercolor and I enjoy "crossing over" the boundaries between fine art, crafts, textiles, and decorative arts.
My approach to the process is to be spontaneous, playful, and experimental with innovative techniques, which advances my skills and helps me to maintain an element of surprise that is aesthetically pleasing.