Karen Axworthy

Karen Axworthy has been painting ever since she can remember. Originally from Wales in the UK she is inspired by nature and in particular, the ocean; this can be seen in much of her work.

Karen’s grandfather was an artist and she vividly remembers painting alongside him at a very young age, having total freedom to paint on his beautiful work with a paintbrush whenever she wished. She believes this early experience has given her a natural fearlessness in adulthood with her creative use of paint, texture and colour.

Karen currently resides in Dubai. She uses acrylics and mixed media with a brush and pallet knife technique, her eclectic range of paintings express her emotional responses and she feels that each painting she creates is a moment in time captured in a canvas, almost like a diary entry.

Despite a modern approach, her Welsh roots are seen in her paintings, sometimes in obvious elements of Celtic design and often with a 'signature swirl' among free flowing, expressive pattern.

Karen also undertakes personal commissions of her artwork.
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Karen Axworthy Art

Karen currently resides in Dubai. She uses acrylics and mixed media with a brush and pallet knife technique, her eclectic range of paintings express her emotional responses and she feels that each painting she creates is a moment in time captured in a canvas, almost like a diary entry.

Despite a modern approach, her Welsh roots are seen in her paintings, sometimes in obvious elements of Celtic design and often with a 'signature swirl' among free flowing, expressive pattern.

Welsh Dragon “Welsh Dragon”

The artist is often inspired by her homeland . The Welsh Red Dragon appears on the national flag of Wales, UK.

The flag is also called Y Ddraig Goch: In the Welsh Language, it is translated as The Red Dragon.

The oldest recorded use of the dragon to symbolize Wales is in the Historia Brittonum, written around AD 829, but it is popularly supposed to have been the battle standard of King Arthur and other ancient Celtic leaders.

The heavy use of monotone; black and white, are representative of industry, but also of history – like a black and white photograph. Red is also symbolic of passionate pride in one’s roots.

Dark Horse “Dark Horse ”

Horses are one of the artist’s great loves in life. She is inspired by them and views them as very free spiritual creatures, symbolic of freedom, wild hearts and adventure. She can often be found riding a horse in the desert where she loves to connect with nature.

The Dark Horse was also in part, painted and inspired by the words of the poem “Fern Hill” written by famous Welsh Poet, Dylan Thomas:-

"And nightly under the simple stars
As I rode to sleep the owls were bearing the farm away,
All the moon long I heard, blessed among stables, the nightjars
Flying with the ricks, and the horses
Flashing into the dark"( Dylan Thomas)

Mermaid “Mermaid”

Usually mermaids are found swimming through the seven seas, charming sailormen with their siren songs, and mythical magic. The artist is inspired by these mythical creatures, and they feature quite often in the Celtic Folklore she grew up hearing.

Karen Axworthy’s beautiful mermaid is serene, asleep and at peace in her underwater world. This mermaid represents a feeling of utter tranquility in a wild and ever changing ocean.

The artist’s desire is that she evokes a symbol of serenity in a busy and modern world.

Ambition “Ambition ”

A Drip Art style painting that is part of a brand new series by the artist. She has named the series Belle Époque.

“AMBITION” is capturing in essence, the Belle Époque of Dubai at this current time: inspired by positivity, great energy, new ideas, having spirit and having ambition running through your veins.

Ambition is priceless.
It is something that
is in your veins.

Hiraeth “Hiraeth”

“Hiraeth” is a unique word in the Welsh language which has no English translation – it’s closest could be “homesickness” or “longing”; To the artist, it represents her home land of Wales, UK- a land of dragons, castles, green hills, and Celtic symbols.

The heavy use of monotone; black and white, are representative of industry, but also of history – like a black and white photograph. Red is symbolic of passionate pride in one’s roots- and the red dragon associated with the little country of Wales.

Wave “Wave”

The artist has a fascination with the ocean: the waves, the colours, the sounds, and the link of the tides with the moon; there is a mystery held in its depths that is inspiring.

This is a clever, 4 piece canvas. A dramatic work of art, that uses different pallet knife , brush and airbrush techniques in each section, to create one textured and explosive scene of turquoise , swirling, beautiful ocean.

Splash “Splash”

The artist was simply experimenting with a pallet knife technique when she created this simple but effective piece.

It is fun, open, modern and fresh.

Sunflower Passion “Sunflower Passion ”

Passion, Fire, Gold! A sunflower always moves itself to face the sun so it can get the maximum sun rays. It is also associated with adoration and longevity. This rich, striking painting represents “having fire in the soul, and knowing what you want”...

It is deeply textured – created purposefully by the artist with a pallet knife and brush techniques.

Dubai “Dubai ”

The Burj Al Arab is the artist’s favourite building in Dubai. Here, it is forever captured. It symbolizes the often dramatic transition from traditional homeland to brand new modern city for many ex-pats who live and work in Dubai.

The colours used are also extremely symbolic; purple and gold evoke ideas of royalty and luxury, red is the excitement. The colours, combined with the deep texture used by the artist, create the overall result of “Dubai” as a fast moving city of contrast.

The Dance “The Dance”

Dance is often described as a way to lose yourself and find yourself at the same time.

The artist was inspired to create this piece after discussing the links between dance and painting with a friend who is a professional ballerina. Gentle purposeful brush strokes can be seen in a playful setting of feminine colours.

Dream.
Believe in yourself.
Work Hard.
Enjoy the process.
Love the art.
Dance with your heart.
Repeat

Bright “Bright ”

A happy, busy, colourful piece of work that the artist was impatient to finish, but always had to be in the absolute, correct mind frame to make sure it never lost its zest!

It represents optimism and joyful feelings that often come with love, music, flowers and it evokes that sense of a change in the tides.

….and the bright spark that is often associated with the creative mind. It’s a weird, wacky and original canvas.