Artist's Statement

My background in drafting and technical illustration has always influenced my work and I most enjoy creating fine detail paintings and drawings. Over the years I have experimented with various media including charcoal, graphite, pastels, watercolour, acrylic and Chinese Brush Painting. This media lends itself very well to my style of work allowing the focus to be on the subject only with limited emphasis on any background.

My love of nature and Ontario's native plants has been the focus of many of my most recent works as I try to capture the beauty of the environment around us. My current works include a series of plants and birds native to the Hamilton area - which I have entitled "My Backyard Neighbours". 

I have recently discovered there are many other groups that share this style and love of nature so I have joined the Southern Ontario Nature and Science Illustrators (SONSI) and the Botanical Artists of Canada (BAC) to learn from others and grow as an artist. I am also a member of the Women's Art Association fo Hamilton (WAAH). Through meeting others I have been encouraged to experiment with different media including coloured pencils, acrylic and encaustic and am excited to see where this will take me.

Karen Logan, Nature and Science Art Illustrator

Karen Logan - Nature and Science Illustrator

Artist's Biography

A mother and grandmother, Karen was born and raised in Hamilton and has been interested in art her whole life. Taking private drawing lessons as a child, specializing in art studies throughout high school and receiving three honours certificates in fine arts from Mohawk College has helped keep art a central component of her life.

As a lifelong learner Karen is always looking for new techniques and enjoys the opportunity to try all forms of media. She has worked in pencil, ink, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, encaustic, acrylic, and most recently Chinese Brush Painting as well as ceramics and silver smithing. Originally a mechanical draftsperson and technical illustrator, Karen now works part time for two not-for-profit, industrial environmental organizations. Although there isn’t much time left each week she still makes time to continue her painting and hopes one day to retire to do it full time.

Karen most enjoys painting botanicals, birds and animals in fine detail and shows her work at McMaster Innovation Park, juried shows and local fall fairs.