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Stretched Canvas

Modern Lines

Contemporary White

Classical Baroque

Unframed print




Karin Cohen, Danforth, ME
Member Since November 2011
Artist Statement Despite having such a strong interest in art when I was young, I did not pursue a career in art seriously until the age of 28; when I had the opportunity to submit acrylic paintings, painted furniture, & oil paintings for sale in what was my then husband’s family business; Homestead Antiques, located on Rte. 6A Brewster, MA; (on Cape Cod); owned by Myron & Bernice Cohen, and operated by Myron & David Cohen. With this new found opportunity, oil painting quickly became my favorite medium…
I decided to pursue art professionally, when I had some success with the items I had sold… however; I felt that the market I was interested in dealt with oil paintings. I was able to find & take oil painting classes at the Cape Cod Conservatory in Hyannis, MA, and following that; after taking classes at the Cape Cod Art Assoc. in Barnstable, MA; I submitted several examples of my work and became a juried member. (Being ‘juried’ is the process by which an artist submits their work for consideration, in order to become a member of either an artist’s gallery, cooperative, association, or guild. The work is critiqued by other artists & either accepted or denied …. and jurors are usually from the artist organization that an artist is applying to for membership).
After doing many renderings of 19th Century Sailing Vessels, which had sold on the Islands of Nantucket & Martha’s Vineyard, off the coast of Cape Cod…I decided that I wanted to try doing portraits. To ‘re-create’ moments in time that other people as well as myself; have ‘captured’ on film and admired enough to want to have reproduced in a different medium. I found that the process of using oil paints allowed me to use expression… with no time limits.
Having the opportunity to reproduce renderings of family, friends, 4-legged ‘companions’, or a special home; is to me a privilege… to be trusted with honoring a memory.
My technique is a combination of realism & with a focus on ‘drawing out’ colors, textures, and form; to enhance the natural beauty of the subject. Many of my paintings contain a 3-dimensional quality, which has become a hallmark of my work.

As a child I would often hear my mother telling other people about how I had such a strong interest in drawing & painting.
“At four yrs. old” she’d say, “Karin was drawing people with eyelashes and finger nails.” I guess it’s not surprising
that I am doing oil paintings now, since I was truly surrounded by artists during my entire young life.
My mother painted with oils ever since I can remember… she continues to paint, currently using watercolor as her chosen medium.
My aunt; her sister, lived with us for several months while I was very young, while she was attending the Massachusetts College of Art… our apartment in Brookline, (near Boston, Massachusetts); was never void of art projects.
My father, Myron Press; was involved in different aspect of the arts; with a master’s degree in teaching, he was a Professor of Music at several well-known educational institutions in the Boston area; including Northeastern University, Emmanuel College & the Longy School of Music. As a highly-respected & sought after accompanist to many well-respected local Boston classical musicians and vocalists, he also joined with other well-respected classical musicians to form several chamber music trios and quartets. As a child, I was privileged to attend many of these concerts, many of which were performed at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. In addition to being a regular performer with the Melrose Symphony Orchestra and a guest performer of the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops orchestras, he gave many solo performances.
Sadly, the illness he had developed in childhood, robbed him of his sight. Prior to that he had been considered to be the best sight-reader [of classical music]; in the Boston area…having the ability to look at a piece of music he had never seen before, and minutes later sit down at the piano and play it as if he had done so

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Product No 4264834
Subjects Beach and Ocean, Landscape
Style Fine Art
Medium
Tags Cohen, Karin, beach, cape, children, cod, of, oil, paintings, scene