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June 2019: Abstract Metaphors


by Karen Roush

Abstract metaphorical expressionism often involves a reference to physical experiences. Yet, figures of speech such as metaphors are not intended to be understood literally, word-by-word. So is true of art. 

Karen is a visual artist and writer in Homer. After pursuing her MFA in photography with a minor in painting and creative writing, she continued searching for inspiration. Several years ago she discovered the magic of painting with oil and cold wax, and describes the experience as: "Painting...without any forethought as to what it was supposed to look like, was amazing. My intuition came through onto the panel subconsciously, and became evident after the fact not during the process. To paint with abandonment—applying wax, scratching it back, dissolving layers, applying more wax and more texture, was endless. Silencing the critic and moving with the paint across the panel in a musical rhythm allowing random thoughts to come and go, was addictive. Working until the painting says it is complete. With oil and cold wax, I have reached a new level in my work—a spiritual calling, reaching deep inside to allow images to flow through me as the medium. Creating art is not about a finished product, but rather a process that takes me deep into myself to learn, share and grow in the journey—a journey that truly is the destination.”

 This is Karen's third exhibit with Homer Council on the Arts. More information on the artist is available at

Gallery opening is scheduled for Friday, June 7 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at HCOA, 355 W. Pioneer. The exhibit will be up all month; gallery is open 1:00 – 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.