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Karen Scharer’s work reflects decades of art study with a wide range of artists, informed by a diverse mix of experiences from travel, a degree in forestry, and a 17-year career in technology. During her 33-year successful painting practice, Scharer’s work has transitioned from realism to abstraction, and from watercolor to acrylic to oil, a medium which has completely captured her focus and passion for the past 14 years.


Scharer’s large, colorful abstract paintings have been featured in dozens of solo and group shows. Her work has been honored with many awards, accepted into numerous juried exhibitions, and included in hundreds of public, private, and corporate collections.


Karen Scharer is based in Pueblo West, CO where her home and studio sit beneath dramatic skies just minutes from the beautiful Arkansas River, and a short drive from some of Colorado’s most spectacular mountain peaks. The spectacular Colorado landscape is a constant source of inspiration for her intuitive painting approach.