Using mostly palette knives and carefully chosen brushes, Karen Weihs applies pigment in lush impasto layers interspersed with thin glazes that enrich colors and result in canvases that glow with mysterious light and form. The vague forms and evocative spaces in her paintings become magnets that draw audiences into the mystery of creation by way of human imagination. Her works radiate an otherworldly ambience of shimmering colors and swirling shapes, representing whatever subject matter the viewer chooses to see. Weihs galvanizes her audience's natural curiosity with compositions that border between abstraction and landscape. She alludes to the familiar without telling the story. "The magic happens and draws me in, and I find myself driven to capture and paint those responses over and over again,” says Weihs. “It's deeply gratifying. This erudition has earned me a confidence in looking for the cutting edge of paint technique, ever evolving to a higher standard.”
She is also an extraordinary teacher known for guiding students toward exploring their creativity, encouraging them to experiment with tools and techniques that lead to individual style. Weihs studied with LaMar Dodd at the University of Georgia while earning a BFA degree. She was born and raised in Charleston, S.C., where she raised two sons with her husband, Chris, a restauranteur and European trained professional chef. They now live in Highlands, N.C., where she maintains a working and teaching studio for creatives looking for mentoring or respite in the mountains.