Extraordinary experiences of her everyday life are the driving force that makes Karen Boylan’s paintings what they are today. Because her experience as a rancher fuels her passion and creates the inspiration that goes into her creations, collectors have come to appreciate the insight and intimate knowledge she has for her subjects. Years of ranching, countless hours in the saddle and working with cattle have all been invaluable in creating the energy, strength and beauty that is present in the detailed paintings that people have come to recognize. Boylan describes her art as a passion. She constantly finds herself drifting away from the reality of life and concentrating on how light affects objects, the contrasts in colors and the infinite detail of everything from grass, rocks and leaves to the vastness of the landscapes around her. “It’s really an obsession,” Boylan adds. She has always had a fascination with nature and animals: their shapes, colors, textures and, most of all, their beauty. Her attention to detail is apparent in each piece she creates.
Boylan continues ranching today, drawing inspiration from the beautiful surroundings in which she lives in the Gallatin Valley outside of Bozeman, Montana. Her paintings are available in these upcoming shows: Out West Art Show & Sale on March 20 through 23, Room 186, at the Best Western Plus Heritage Inn in Great Falls, Montana, and the National Fine Art Show & Auction, May 17 to 19, at the Kittitas Valley Event Center in Ellensburg, Washington.
Yellowstone Bighorn, gouache, 12 x 29"
Sunday Drive, oil, 22 x 28"
Traffic Jam, oil, 16 x 20"