Watercolor magic happened at Robert Karr’s first class with Shirley Bird Wright, who has gone on to be his mentor and teacher. Because of that first class, Robert has studied with many of the top watercolor artists in the USA, and he has been very successful with his art.
Robert was 65 when he took his first class and has only been able to paint for limited times during the year because of the demands of his commercial iris garden. Even with this limitation, he has had numerous shows of his work with the art associations he belongs to –Evergreen Art Association in Newport (currently President); River Ridge Association of Fine Arts in Spokane – as well as solo shows at Spokane Art Supply; two solo shows at the Cutter Gallery in Metaline Falls WA; a solo show at Pend Oreille Players Association Gallery in Newport, WA, and the Forza Coffee House, Ruby Salon, and several other venues in Spokane.
Recently Robert became a member of the Spokane Watercolor Society and the Palouse Watercolor Socius. He has been spotlighted in several newspapers and in publications such as the Northern Lights and Selkirk Sun. He has participated in several shows both as a fiber artist and a watercolorist at Create Arts Center in Newport, WA and Cutter Theatre in Metaline Falls, WA. Robert travels to workshops with Lien Zhen to study Chinese styles of painting. He has studied with Thomas Lynch, Jan Fabian Wallake, Elizabeth Kincaid, Ron Ranson, Yuming Zhu, Stan Miller and other local and regional artists. While watercolor is his passion, he also works in oils.
Regional history and recording of local landscapes have captured Robert’s interest as seen in his vivid paintings of barns and other old structures and his summer and winter scenes throughout Pend Oreille County in particular. Chinese ink and watercolor painting in both the spontaneous and detailed methods are of special interest to Robert. His work can be seen in his studio in Newport, and on the Evergreen Art Association website.
Visit Robert Karr at Art on the Ave on Saturday, September 26th. Exhibits will be open from noon to 6 PM.