Trained as an illustrator, Karen Darling worked for many years in the field before becoming a full-time painter and sculptor. Because of her training, she was very comfortable working in a realistic manner, but at some point felt she needed to challenge herself further. Exploring new ways of expressing herself led to a much looser and more abstract feel in her figurative work, which turn led to completely nonobjective abstract paintings. The introduction of wax into her painting process has allowed for multiple translucent layers that add depth and ambiguity. Scraping back through these layers reveal even more than anticipated. This constant push and pull between happy accident and purposefulness is what continues to captivate her.
Karen lives just outside Toronto with her husband and two sons. Her work can be found in collections across North America and Europe.