Karen painting on location at home in Venice
"I always feel awestruck when an artist can truly capture light. At capturing that light none can do so better with a figure than Vermeer, or in a landscape like Turner. Few capture expressions with a single brush stroke as Sargent, or illustrate the complete scene with richness of color and figures better than N.C. Wyeth, Sorolla, Zorn. Cassatt's ability to portray the warmth of a mood is amazing. The Hudson River School artists' ability to portray the scale, atmosphere and light of the landscape before them has always left me with a passion to do the same. Plein Air painting is one artist tool/exercise invaluable to opening an artist's eyes to 'see' There is so much to learn from all the masters."