Artist Karen Shulman presents a collection of fascinating urban photographs that combine reflection and reality. See more of her collection by visiting her website.
I create my art as the world reveals itself to me. I take the time to see what is most overlooked and layer a flare of fantasy and abstraction, transforming objects to take on a life of their own. The viewer is invited to enter my world through the portal of my lens. I inspire them to look beyond physical dimensions. See lines, shadows and details and how they interplay to form a unique image.
I started my adventure into the art world late in life. I had a career as an occupational therapist for seven years, and was in pharmaceuticals for over thirty years. My job as an associate director of medical education came to a halt in December, 2012 when the company was acquired.
I picked up a point-and-shoot camera in 2007. At the time, I was living by the ocean and became mesmerized by the changing light. It was now time to reinvent myself and focus on my new found passion—photography.
I made the commitment to refine my technical skills and learn the basics in photography. Lance Keimig, a renowned night photographer/teacher and one of the founders of NPAN, mentored me. He directed me toward classes and workshops. I enrolled in the Atelier at the Griffin Museum of Photography. There I dove, headfirst into a twelve-week course focusing on developing a strong portfolio.
Professional photographers Bobbi Lane and Lee Varis also took an interest in my work. They encouraged me to work with art consultant Mary Swanson. I was designing my website, and Swanson helped me define myself as an artist, hone in on my work and stay focused.
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This was a challenge for me, since I posted every decent image I took from one side of the planet to the other. Narrowing my portfolio down to only five or six portfolios was like throwing away some of my children!
I continued to refine my style. Eventually I received recognition for my series titled “Window Dressing.” In 2012, Judith Liegios of JLD in Naples, Florida, who loved this collection, asked me to be one of the gallery artists.
I have created over fifty pieces for this collection, and sold forty. I was the featured artist for the interior design magazine East Coast Home and Design, October 2018. And, I have been recently selected as one of five artists featured in the national AARP Bulletin article Artist in Waiting about artists finding creativity post-retirement.
The first show I entered was Plymouth Art in 2008. There I received 1st place for color photography for my image Storm Cloud. I won Best in Show from South Shore Art Center in 2011 for Stairway to Heaven. I have been published eight times in Still Point Quarterly and received awards in many of the issues. Additionally, I have received awards from many national art societies across the country.
I live in both in Plymouth, Massachusetts and Fort Myers, Florida and I love my second act. The pull towards a career in art was always there. It lay dormant until the chains of the corporate world were severe—revealing an artist emerging from the dust!
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