Karen Meadows has a rich history in the art world.  She was born in Northern California, and raised by an artistic mother who allowed chaos and encouraged art making from a young age.  She was surrounded by nature spending hours roaming the hills on her horse.  The natural world has been a strong influence in her art making. Karen received her M.F.A. from California College of the Arts, and upon graduation was accepted into the Lausanne Biennale and her 10’ x 14’ fiber wall piece was selected to travel to various museums across Europe.  She was selected as Artist in Residence in San Francisco to make art for public buildings using industrial discards. (SCRAP)  In addition to art making, Karen has established herself as a valued educator, creating innovative art programs at Redwood High School. She is passionate about guiding students through the creative process and has written hundreds of inspiring project ideas.Her work is in private collections, as well as corporate buildings in San Francisco.

Spring 12 x 12 2017 Acrylic on board

Spring 12 x 12 2017 Acrylic on board


Artist’s Statement

My paintings evolve from intuition and chance.

My art will allow the viewer to experience color, texture, movement and surprise. Each painting holds within it a personal metaphor of my quest for personal understanding and growth. My style is abstract with an occasional recognizable form layered within the paint. I use acrylic, collage and cold wax on wood panels.

When I start to apply paint or wax to a surface, many surprises happen. Most of my paintings have many layers, and this allows me to sand back to reveal discoveries that show me where to go next. I find endless inspiration and excitement excavating into the materials, which guide my next move. My intention is to invite viewers to experience my process and see something new.

I have a deep love of color and pattern. When the painting starts to feel finished, I sometimes add a pattern or a color and try to bring it to a visually balanced piece.

Working in this way brings me great moments of joy, engagement, and challenge. It keeps me awake and in the moment.

I have always had a need to make things, to experiment with materials and forms that have an emotional starting point. Encouraged from a young age by an artist mother and a freedom to make things and experiment guided my early vision to become an artist.




Master of Fine Arts, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA  1991
Textile Arts, Bali 1991
Textile Arts, Guatemala 1974
B.A., California State University, CA 1974
Secondary Teaching Credential, California State College, Sonoma, CA 1974


Sonoma Valley Art Museum Store 2019
Lausanne Biennale, Lausanne, Switzerland 1991
Nederland’s Textielmuseum, Tilburg, Holland 1991
Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, Denmark 1991
U.C. Museum of Art, Science, and Culture, Blackhawk, CA 1993


Worth Gallery, Taos, New Mexico 1992
Featured Artist, Earth Art Show, Artisans, Mill Valley 1992


On Your Mark, Ruby Living, Mill Valley 2019

Jen Tough Gallery, Benicia, CA, "Learning Curve," Juror Michael Shemchuck 2018
O’Hanlon Gallery, Mill Valley, Jurors Donna Seager, Suzanne Gray 2018
O’Hanlon Gallery, Mill Valley, Jurors Donna Seager, Suzanne Gray 2017
O’Hanlon Gallery, Mill Valley, Jurors Donna Seager, Suzanne Gray 2016
O’Hanlon Gallery, Mill Valley Calif. “Controlled Chaos” Juror, Chester Arnold 2015
Gallery Route One, Point Reyes, CA Juror, Donna Seager   2008
Catherine Finn Gallery, Tiburon, CA  2008
Pattern, New Form, New Function, Arrowmont, Gatlinburg, Tenn.  1992
Design 92, Showplace Square, San Francisco, CA  1994
Marin Arts Council Grantees, Summerhouse Gallery, Mill Valley, CA  1991
Fiber National, buffalo, New York 1991
Oliver Arts Center, Oakland, CA  1991    
Fleischacker Estate, Woodside, CA  1992 
California Design 91, San Francisco, CA  1992
California Museum or Art, Santa Rosa, CA  1992


California Arts Council Grant SCRAP (Scroungers Center for Reusable Art Parts)
to create large scale art for the following buildings in San Francisco:
South Market Cultural Center, Brannon Street
Social Services Building, Otis Street
Golden Gate University, Mission Street
Sanchez Elementary School, Sanchez Street


Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP Attorneys, San Francisco 
Ryder Architectural Firm, Walnut Creek, CA 
Baltimore Federal Financial, Baltimore, Maryland
Medical Clinic, Missoula, Montana
Crocker Investment Management Corp, San Francisco, CA


Artist in Residence, SCRAP San Francisco CA 1978
Marin Art Council, Arts Grant, ART WORKS for children of Marin Abused Women’s Center 1995
Merit Award, Matrix gallery, Sacramento, CA  1995
Marin Arts Council Grant, San Rafael, CA  1991
3-Week Artist in Residence, Art Park, Lewiston, New York 1989
Elephant Lake Artists Residency, New Mexico 2016


Encaustic Workshops 2015-present
Fine Art, Redwood High School, Larkspur, CA 1993-2015
Art Therapy intern, Artist in Residence, Napa State Hospital 1992-1993
Art, Cascade Canyon School, Fairfax CA 1989-1992
Art in the Schools Program with Ruth Asawa, San Francisco 1976-1980