Karen Roth

Featured Paintings

and Artist's Statement

My paintings are highly textured rather than sleek and smooth producing artwork that is tactile and unpolished. Imperfections are left in view resulting in a rudimentary appearance. The first step when beginning is to apply plaster or modeling paste to stretched canvas which is then painted, scraped and scratched repeatedly. The piece takes on a life of its own as it changes and grows throughout many sessions.

This method of working has been consistent whether the painting is reminiscent of the urban environment, the natural landscape, the ocean or objects in a room. I may also decide to use shapes and colors in abstract arrangements. Throughout these changes in subject matter the process remains the same.