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Karen Hammond - June 2023 - Selected as a WildCard in SkyArtsTV Landscape Artist Of The Year competition 2024.

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Karen is known mainly for her Pen and Watercolour Landscape paintings and sketches. She uses spontaneous permanent pen lines to sketch scenes and fluid watercolour adding richness and contrast. A lover of complex Angles of buildings or nature to take the eye on various journeys around the landscape. Karen is currently hoping to engage in more Social Arty challenges to further develop her art practice and connect socially for mental health welfare.

Highlight of painting events so far for Karen was to enter and take part in setting a painting Guinness World Record challenge Oct 2023. Karen was selected by Sky Arts TV not only to take part in the record attempt, but also got selected with 4 other artists on the day to meet/chat and sketch Sir Lenny Henry (up close and personal which was great as a fellow Brummie J ). She then took part and became a Guinness World Record Holder for painting an A3 sized Acrylic portrait of Sir Lenny in 1 hour live in London with 199 other artists whilst being filmed/live streamed to thousands.

In 2023 Karen entered and out of thousands (highest numbers ever) from across all of Great Britain was thrilled to have been selected as one of 50 wildcard painters for one of the 6 heats for Sky Arts Landscape Artist of The Year 2024 television show/competition. Her heat was filmed at Hever Castle, Kent which is due to be aired Feb 2024. 

Exhibitions have include Solo Coast exhibition2021 based in Hampshire UK. Hampshire Open Studios (HOS garden studio for last three years).  As part of group exhibitions at Titchfield Art & Crafts Show, Fareham Art Group, Yellow Edge Gallery, Harding’s Gallery (runner up in competition),Local Café’s and Southampton City Art Gallery.

Significant previous commissions have included landscapes of restored Royal Haslar Hospital Building, Titchfield Haven/Harbour and other Hampshire/Fareham land/building/seascapes for individuals. One day art residencies in 2023 at Porchester Castle through English Heritage and on site at Arundel Castle

From a love of creating art since childhood Karen obtained an A Level in Art at school/college. After Birmingham University foundation year - whilst working full time on a couple of occasions she started part time Art studies (including with Eastleigh College/ Winchester Art School) but didn’t finish the qualifications due to bouts of ill health. Over the last 10 years Karen has attended various local art courses for personal enjoyment/artist development/challenge herself artistically and for personal art therapy (due to her having previously had complex PTSD which impacted her Dyslexia). She has also attended various art workshops (i.e.  Supporting All Artists / French Art based holiday/with several artists in a wide variety of mediums.

 Karen Hammond - ARTIST

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