INFLUENCES AND NEXT STEPS: PAINTINGS BY KAREN ROTH
NOVEMBER 3-NOVEMBER 26
OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 3-6 PM
Karen Roth has been inspired by some of the greatest painters in the history of art. In this, her first show at 510 Warren Street Gallery, we are offered paintings that demonstrate her deep and focused viewing of artists such as Bronzino, Velazquez, Cezanne and many others who have provided inspiration and education into portraiture, still life and landscape - the themes that she finds most challenging in her own work.
It was not until her retirement from the mental health field that Roth was able to devote the time to nourish her long-held interest in painting. Finding it deeply rewarding, she would often copy the works of her favorite artists before setting out to find her own expressive style. A common practice in one’s art education, this exercise in duplication of masterfully rendered images led to a freer hand and the beginning of her artistic journey. The “next steps” in the show’s title suggests a continuation of the movement forward in this journey which, sometimes fraught with struggles and obstacles, is also an exciting adventure and a worthwhile challenge leading to new discoveries about one self and art making.