Biophilia Blue

By: Karen Rumora

Karen Rumora is a professional artist and designer who specializes in landscapeoil & encaustic paintings.She cofounded the design consulting company RumoraStudios with her husband Matt in 2012. Karen has a degree in Industrial Design from The Ohio State University and has been designing environments and painting for 30 years. Her landscapes are part of many private and public collections. She has been selected for art commissions for the recently rennovated Lima Memorial Hospital and also the award winning retail space, PIRCH. Rumora was also the feature artist for Much Love’s Animal Rescue “Howlywood” Fundraiser in Hollywood, California. She has exhibited at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio and participated in events including Art for Life, Art for Recovery and has been The New Albany Symphony’s Feature Artist. Karen is represented by Art Access Gallery in Bexley, Ohio.

Anchored to her roots in plein air oil painting, Karen continues to explore the natural world using an introspective approach by which she creates ctional vistas. Cell- shaped entities emerge from a mediative painting process. Colors intermingle to spawn an environment of undulating violets, pinks, acidic yellows, layered spaces and light. Her paintings are consumed with morphing forms, and her visions are animated and lean toward the surreal. She imagines these recent landscapes as a prelude to a dream — the space teetering between reality and wonder.“Marked with resemblences of biological organisms, the surface becomes a tapestry of color with more aspects of the interior structure of plant life rather than it’s externalities. This essentially turns the concept of a landscape painting “inside-out.” The very action of generating this work transposes my own meditations into visions on the canvas, further merging the concept of individual and shared energy. The images represent the generation and integration of life forms as well as an aura of coexistence and harmony of living elements.” “A human being is part of the whole called by us ‘the universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection of a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of understanding and compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~ Albert Einstein

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