Karen Barrie is a Wilmette artist who blends her talents and professional training into a multifaceted career. Her Western Series offers a new slant on the Old West. Her oil paintings are inspired by girlhood TV Westerns, and grownup cowgirl days on ranch vacations. Each piece captures a moment of reflection or attitude characterized by a whimsical graphic feel and bold color. Karen also does freelance writing and consulting in healthcare. Her experience as an educator and psychotherapist led to the publication of a co-authored book on stress management for working women. More recently, she co-wrote the award winning biography of Kenneth Milton Chapman, Santa Fe artist and anthropologist. Karen’s art has been represented by Joan Cawley Gallery (Santa Fe), Gomes Gallery (St. Louis) and American West Gallery (Chicago). She exhibits locally as a member of the Wilmette Arts Guild.
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