Karen Burnette Garner is a native of Georgia and has painted professionally since 1983. Without formal training, she sought instruction from mentor John Baden-Nuttall, an English art master and world traveler, and for three years she studied the creation and business of art. Those three years formed the base for a continual expansion of knowledge and dedication to art as she grew her skills, and matured in her techniques. She enhanced her painting skills under the tutelage of the late Al Brouillette, and modeled her art business career after artist Ray Ellis, who she revered. After over thirty years as a professional artist, Ms. Garner has developed her own style and life philosophy, incorporating an appreciation for beauty, creativity, and inspiration into grateful daily living.
Her impressionist landscapes are her signature, portraying rocky New England coastlines and the lowcountry marshes of the American South. In the 1990s, she made the first of many trips to Boston, specifically the areas around Cape Ann -- Rockport and Gloucester, Massachusetts. Her love for the rugged coastal villages and landscape have divided her heart (and art) ever since. Ms. Garner continues to add to a large body of works, began in 2002, reflecting the lowcountry surrounding Charleston, SC – her work is avidly collected as a result. Memories of Cape Ann and Massachusetts have resulted in a book of photography, and continue to inspire paintings large and small.
A published literary reviewer, artist and illustrator, and an award-winning, published poet, she continues to evolve as a true renaissance woman. She is regularly included in The Reach of Song, a yearly anthology of poetry published through the Georgia Poetry Society. She is currently working on an illustrated book of poetry and prose, reflecting on life and growing up Southern.
Works by Karen Burnette Garner are included in collections worldwide. Public collectors include Thomas and Hutton Engineering (Myrtle Beach, SC), Wachovia, AT&T, Chateau Elan Winery, Holston Valley Hospital, Gwinnett Council for the Arts, North Georgia Medical Office Building, and the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Private collectors include the Duke Family, founders of Peachtree Corners, GA, Mrs. Donald Panoz of Chateau Elan Winery and future baseball Hall of Fame candidate Larry "Chipper" Jones of the Atlanta Braves. Gallery representation includes The Treasure Nest Art Gallery, Mount Pleasant, SC -- commissions are also accepted through her studio in Dacula, GA.