Born in northern California and now living in the wilds of northern New Mexico, Karen Ahlgren has been a watercolorist for 21 years, exhibiting in numerous galleries and shows and enjoying world-wide collectors along the way. She has long been passionate about animals and vivid colors. Her rich watercolors are deeply saturated-alternating between careful detail in the subjects soulful eyes to the quick spontaneous thrill and tension of brilliant wet-on-wet sunsets. Her goal has always been to connect the viewer with the majesty of these beings while offering delight to the spirit with her palette of strong non-local color. Primarily self-taught, she continues to push the medium of watercolor into becoming a more intense visual and visceral experience for the viewer.
In 2006 Karen and her husband purchased a 150 year old adobe structure in Garcia, Colorado which was first built as the Methodist/Episopalian mission to the area. Currently under ongoing renovation/remodeling, the old mission is now home to Karens' studio/gallery. Please contact her for an appointment to visit her at her studio. For more information and to see Karens' beautiful creations, please visit her website, www.karenahlgren.com
Karen has lived in northern New Mexico for 16 years in a streamside strawbale home that is solar powered.