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Karen Hargreaves-Fitzsimmons

Biography

I have been a painter, largely self-taught, since earliest childhood, and have painted and sketched in many countries the world over. I have used these opportunities to explore different artistic techniques and mediums, as well as to experience first hand the diference art makes in various cultures. During the 70's and 80's my paintings were exhibited and collected in France and, particularly, in Japan. With my husband, the poet Thomas Fitzsimmons, I participated in many inter-cultural programs sponsored by the United States Information Agency; and I began as Art Editor of Katydid Books/University of Hawai'i Press, to design, illustrate and provide cover art for (now) more than 35 books.

Since settling in Santa Fe, I have focused on understanding and becoming part of this community. My paintings are exhibited and collected locally and I continue my work as art editor. My urge to travel has, however, shifted to delight in exploring the always changing face of the near and familiar, and a desire to bring the deeper realities of self and place into focus.

I am represented in Santa Fe by Laurel Seth Gallery; (1121 Paseo de Peralta, S.F., NM 87501)

I have had many solo and two person exhibitions -- the latest at the Jean Cocteau Theatre for the month of October 2000 -- as well as participated in juried and invitational group shows.

I currently teach Japanese Sumi-e painting, oil painting and composition to private students.

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