BB&T Bank on Art - August 2019: Karen Larrabee

August 1, 2019

Please join us in congratulating this month's featured artists in the "BB&T Bank on Art Gallery", Karen Larrabee, with her fun rendition of her great granddaughters.

"MY Sister!"

Original Mixed Media Painting by Karen Larrabee


About the Artwork

Title:     "MY Sister!"

Description:  "Great granddaughter Neriah, whose braids were just brushed out, showing her love for her baby sister, Serenity, as she exclaims, "MY sister!" Her expression captured my heart."

Media:  Mixed media (papers, high-flow acrylic, colored pencil)

Size:     27" x 24"

Price:    NFS


Artist Bio

A past-president and board member of the Crooked Creek Art League, Karen Larrabee moved to Chapin, SC, 13 years ago and feels blessed by the move.  


Karen was born and raised in northern NJ and loved to draw and paint since “forever, it seems”.  Her awards began in high school where she had a wonderful and encouraging art program.  Marietta College, a small, liberal arts school in Marietta, Ohio, lured her to the Midwest. She received a B.A. in art and education and eventually a Master’s of Liberal learning, (yes, a MA.L.L. degree!) with concentrations in studio art, art history and art education, where her awards continued. 


While in Ohio, she married, raised a family and taught art for 30 years until her retirement in 2004, continuing to grow her resume. After her daughter transferred to USC, Karen and her husband, David, fell in love with the Midlands.  The rest, as they say, “is history”.  So far in SC she has been become a Member of Excellence in the South Carolina Watermedia Society, she has been juried into the Greenwood Arts Festival, the Union Exhibit and the State Fair competition every year she has entered, receiving  Patron Purchase Awards at the fair in 2009, 2011 and 2014 and a Merit award in 2017.  She has also won 10 awards from the Crooked Creek Art League’s Juried Exhibitions including the People's Choice Award in 2014 and First Place Master's in 2019.


Karen says, “I like to define myself as a free-style artist as I love all things creative.  I have continuously been exposed to, and engaged in many media and styles and enjoy the freedom to be creative and experiment artistically." 


You can see more of Karen's artwork in her online gallery on this website HERE.


You can reach Karen by clicking HERE.

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