Karen (Wert) Richardson Watercolours Exhibit “Full Circle”

Monday, Sept 21 – Sunday, Oct. 4

The Deep River Public Library is pleased to present an exhibition of watercolour paintings this fall by Karen (Wert) Richardson, who attended school in Deep River over thirty years ago. Although she has been a professional artist since 1986, this show and sale titled ‘Full Circle’ will be her first solo exhibition in the Ottawa Valley and will run from Sept. 21 to Oct. 4, 2009.Karen was featured in an article in the  Ottawa Valley News December 2008 Newsletter which brought her to the attention of the DRLAC.

The artist is looking forward to meeting former classmates, teachers and neighbours as well as the general public at the Opening Reception in the Deep River Library Program Room, 55 Ridge Rd., on Monday, Sept 21 from 7 to 9 pm, and at the close of the show on Sunday, Oct. 4 from 2 to 5 pm.Richardson’s mother, Aleen Wert, is flying out from British Columbia to attend both events and hopes to meet many old friends there.

Having grown up on the outskirts of Chalk River, with acres of untamed forest just across the road, Richardson is drawn to paint rugged landscapes and close-up details of the natural world. Her interests include RV touring, hiking, motorcycling, snowmobiling, gardening and photography; all of which offer unique inspiration for her artwork. “I credit much of my artistic accomplishment to the marvelous art instruction I received at schools in Deep River“, said the artist recently. “Mrs. Herriot’s exceptional art classes at Mackenzie High especially provided me with a solid and broad arts foundation.” As an adult, Richardson honed her watercolour skills at numerous workshops taught by regional and international artists. She paints in a strikingly realistic style and over four hundred of her paintings are enjoyed in private and corporate art collections in nineteen countries.

Richardson also teaches watercolour techniques in her studio/gallery in Port Perry and specializes in custom paintings of
homes, cottages, farms and commercial buildings.

Recognized for her volunteer work in the local community as well as her artistic ability, she serves on the board of directors of Scugog Council for the Arts and on the executive of the Lake Scugog Spring Studio Tour. She designed her own web site, www.karenrichardson.ca , and keeps it updated with new paintings, classes and step-by-step painting demonstrations.

Coincidentally, Richardson met her husband John in Deep River when she was working at Ryan’s Campsite and attending high school, and John was in training at NPD. She then worked full time in the dairy and electrical industries in Durham Region for 27 years and began ‘moonlighting’ as a watercolour painter during this time. John worked at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station for 30 years and when he retired five years ago, Richardson left her day job so she could expand her art business and they could travel extensively. Since then they have toured Canada’s far north, Newfoundland and the American Southwest in their RV. “My life is now centred on discovering new horizons, making art and coaching other artists,” Richardson declares, “and this Deep River show brings me full circle back to my artistic genesis.