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Artist: Kaaren Marquez

Studio: Kaaren's Art

By the Beach Cave
Title: By the Beach Cave
Description: Acrylic on panel.
Media: Painting
Size: 8 x 8
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About Kaaren Marquez

I constantly look for intriguing patterns of lights and darks, contrasting textures, mood-evoking color combinations, and better ways to create depth and form. Recently I’ve tried to include more figures and animals in my work to suggest a narrative. Working both plein air and in my studio, my style of painting uses rich darks, juicy layered colors, and granulating atmospheric washes. Although primarily focused on watercolor, I have begun exploring other mediums including acrylic, gouache, and mixed media as I continue to strive for new ways to share my view of the world.

My original education was in electrical engineering. After a 15 year career with HP/Agilent, I chose to be a stay-at-home mom. For the past ten years, I have focused my energies on creating art. I have been fortunate to learn from some excellent watercolor instructors including Mike Bailey, John Salminen, Karen Frey, and Frank Francese. My paintings have been selected for national and international shows including: Watercolor West International Exhibition, California Watercolor Association's National Exhibition, and Triton Museum's Statewide Watercolor Competition. I also have won awards in several local shows including University Art Open Exhibition for Northern California and Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society's Annual Show. My work is currently on display and for sale at Gallery 24 in Los Gatos and at Lisa Lisa Hair Salon and Fast Frame, both in Los Altos, CA.