Karen Hull was our first ever featured member here on the ACPN back in 2010, she is one of the handful of artists (and all you know who you are) who has been with us from the start supporting us along the way (wouldn’t be here without you).
Recently she has been our judge for the 2014 ACPN online exhibition and I thought this would be a great time to catchup with Karen hear about what is up to now and how her art has progressed over the recent years, here is what Karen has to say.
It is funny how life’s twists and turns can take you on a journey that you couldn’t even envisage for yourself. Seven years ago, I was nursing and tending to my wonderful family and was basically content, but did feel there was something missing – I just couldn’t put my finger on what it was.
After a family holiday to Tasmania, where we visited quite a few galleries, I felt a sudden urge to spend every spare moment either drawing or painting. Initially, I was drawn to the tiny miniature paintings we saw in quite a few galleries and this was where my artistic journey began. From here, I was accepted into the Australian Society of Miniature Art (NSW) and won Best in Show in my first year. I then began to create ACEO’s (Artist Cards, Editions and Originals) in coloured pencil on drafting film and sold them online.
At the same time, I started to get more and more requests for commissions and so I moved away from creating the smaller ACEO’s and focused on doing commissions in graphite and coloured pencil (mostly on drafting film). The ACEO’s I created were often whimsical, yet realistic and people would comment that they’d be perfect for a children’s book and so I set about creating a portfolio for Illustrator’s Australia. This led to quite a bit of Illustration work including two children’s books which were published by Hachette Australia Let’s Count Kisses in 2012 and Love You, Mum in 2014.
Whilst coloured pencils are always my medium of choice, I also love to experiment with them, trying them out on a range of supports and in combination with other media. When I posted these artworks online, I would often get emails from other artists asking about my techniques and about the surfaces I used and how some of the other media I used combined with coloured pencils. This was the catalyst for my creating an ever growing catalogue of drawing tutorials. It was then that I discovered that sharing what I have learned along the way and mentoring other artists is what gives me the greatest joy.
Selling tutorials also gave me more freedom to draw from my heart and to draw subjects that I feel passionate about which leads me to my latest project Beautiful Human Landscapes which is a celebration of older people and the beauty and story that a face full of lines and character can portray. This is a project dear to my heart as my many years of nursing gave me a special soft spot for the older members of our society.
As for where my creative journey will take me from here, I have no idea, but I am definitely enjoying the ride and am grateful every day for the gift of art and the wonderful people you connect with through the world of art!
Visit her website at: www.miniatureartbykhull.com
If you would like to read Karen’s original featured member post > please do so here.