Karen E. Friedland | Fine Artist, Teaching Artist | Brooklyn | Art Jobs
Country: United States
City: Brooklyn
Industry: Fine Arts
Professional Title: Fine Artist, Teaching Artist
Specialties: Abstract Art, expressionism, teaching creative expression

- About -

An artist for more than 20 years, my earlier careers had little to do directly with art. Out of college with a Journalism degree, I wrote proposals for grants. A partial masters in Communications Research and an MBA helped further my corporate sector careers in Marketing, Merchandising and Advertising. Study in Interior Design at Pratt Institute was a turning point when one of my instructors suggested I illustrate children’s books. That teacher’s support gave me the confidence to pursue art seriously. I worked independently developing painting skills, taking occasional workshops with well-known artists and going to the Art Students League. I returned to earn 33 college credits to complete art prerequisites in preparation for an MFA program. As a devoted transplant to Brooklyn, New York, I bury a Brooklyn Bridge symbol in my paintings. Community activist, I founded Flatbush Artists and led the Flatbush Artist Studio Tour. As a Teaching Artist, I have taught art to mainstream and special needs children and adults for more than 12 years. I'm a creativity coach and a Right Brain Business Plan® facilitator. My work has been shown extensively across the country and received awards in exhibits of: Hilton Head Art League, Northwest Watercolor Society, Pastel Society of America, Mississippi Watercolor Society, amongst others. My paintings are represented by Ariodante Gallery in New Orleans, LA.