Karen Ahuja

Karen is a visual artist working primarily in acrylics and mixed media. She started painting in 2011 and found that her passion for painting included not only the creation of her work, but the promotion of it. Karen has a BA marketing degree with a concentration in graphic design from the University of Cincinnati. She has a MBA in Marketing from Xavier University. Her experience in graphic design and marketing has allowed her to balance the need for creating and promoting her art. She is on the board of The Artists of Northwest Arkansas and holds the positions of Regional Show chair and Social Media. She has been published in the Arkansas Democratic Gazette, National Endowment for the Arts 50th Anniversary blog, Professional Artist Magazine blog, East Fayetteville Magazine and Jerry’s Artarama catalog and Dick Blick Holiday Catalog.

She has successfully sold her art in local, regional, national and international markets. Her art is displayed for sale at local businesses like Aloft, Crabby’s Restaurant, Pool and Spa store, The Art Location, Northwest Arkansas Mall, Christopher Allen Décor, Luxe Beauty, Startup Junkie and Bassett Mix Realty. Karen has sold and exhibited her art at local venues and online galleries like Light, Space and Time online gallery, Fineartamerica, Fayetteville Underground, Illinois River Salon Juried Art Show, The Artists of Northwest Arkansas Regional Show, Hot Springs Fine Art Center and Art Center of the Ozarks. With the help of the artistic innovation grant, she is excited about the opportunities to create dialogue and action for aiding women to be equally represented in galleries and museums.

Artist Statement

I believe that we are all creative beings.  We are born with the ability to build, communicate and impact our world.  I interpret the world around me in a visual medium because it allows me to create a narrative and translate my understanding of my environment and experiences in a way that connects others to my world.

I primarily paint with acrylics and mixed media because water is such an important ingredient in the painting formula.  Water is a powerful agent for change when it is allowed to move the paint, dilute the intensity, and mix new unique colors.  Painting with acrylics allows me to layer quickly building the narrative of my piece.

I have found excitement in playing in the area between the abstract and impressionistic styles.  This allows me to pull things in and out of focus in my paintings.  I don’t choose a certain type of subject matter.  Instead, my subject matter is chosen by the story I am trying to tell.   I want the viewer to connect or empathize with the struggles and know that they are not alone in their own life challenges.