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Karen Standridge

"Art need not match the sofa."

Karen always dreamed of being an artist, but her working life was spent teaching college English and literature.  Twice she earned the J. William Fulbright prize to teach in Argentina, and she spent a year teaching in Europe for the University of Maryland’s overseas program.  In the mid-90s, she retired early from college teaching to pursue that dream of painting and gallery representation.  She is a Signature Member of the Western Colorado Watercolor Society and Pikes Peak Watercolor Society.  In 2011, Karen, along with 3 other artists, founded Gallery 113, a local artists’ co-op gallery, originally located at 113 N. Tejon, and now in a bigger, brighter space at 125 ½ N. Tejon.  Karen teaches watercolor and acrylic painting for all skill levels and also offers one-on-one coaching sessions to provide artists with guidance to realize their artist goals and dreams.  

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