Karen Boy­lan

Western Art Collector - - ARTIST FOCUS -

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"

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