Today’s fantastic doodlewashes come to us from the talented Karen Berstler, originally from Drexel Hill, a small town outside of Philadelphia, but currently living in Newark, Delaware. Follow her WordPress blog, The White Swan, and also be sure to visit her website for more of her amazing work!
“I really can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to draw, or make something creative,” says Karen. “However, I was in middle school before I realized that it was something that I was good at, and also that it was something that the other kids weren’t necessarily good at. I focused on art as my main elective choice during high school, and went to Kutztown University as a Fine Arts major with a painting concentration.”
Many years later, after the birth of her daughter, she took a hard, close look at her life and realized that she was denying this integral part of herself. “After a whole lot of self doubt and many fears (some realistic, most ridiculous), I began painting again.”
There was never any doubt that it would be in watercolor. Over these years of the revival of her creativity, Karen has finally been able to articulate her core creative beliefs.
“The first being that I believe that my purpose is to leave the space that I occupy more beautiful than it was before I got here. Art can be beautiful and thought provoking, they are not mutually exclusive concepts.”
“The second belief, is to take my own personal experiences and show how they relate to humanity as a whole. I almost always paint people. If I was a singer, I would sing about people. If I was a writer, I would write about people.”
Karen is endlessly fascinated and curious about people and our shared human experience. “My intention is to show you that what you are seeing, while my truth, is also a part of yourself, no matter how small a part or how temporary.”
Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!