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Karen Burns

Karen Burns
Photography | Paint | Pixels

I'm originally from Michigan now living in Northern California halfway between Lake Tahoe and the city of San Francisco. We've landed in the perfect spot near the mountains, near the ocean, and near Napa Valley. I also draw a lot of inspiration from time spent at our cabin on Donner Lake.

I have always had an insatiable curiosity about trying new ideas. Over the years my photography style has evolved. I want to photograph everyday things in unusual ways. I am taking the time to slow down, to use manual focus, and really think about where I want to lead the viewer's eye. All of these things give a real connection with the story I want to tell, especially with images in the new Food Photography Gallery.

There has been a camera in my hand for many years of travel, tasting and living. After being a devoted Canon girl for years I've made a switch to the Sony Mirrorless A7Rii. I love it for many reasons. Lensbaby lenses are in my kit because they feed that curiosity enabling me to attend to the more subtle aspects, helping me to explore more options, and helping me come up with more original ways to present a subject.

Getting as much information "in camera" is important to me. Lightroom and Photoshop are my post processing tools.

The painted artworks you see on my website were digitally painted using Corel Painter software. Many of these works are based on my photography and some are painted from a blank canvas. This is not a "press a button" software. I make all the decisions for color and brushes while painting each brush stroke with a stylus on my Wacom Cintiq. I also work in traditional oils which has helped me get a good feel for how the digital paints move on the digital canvas.

Painted artworks are printed in my studio on Epson Exhibition Canvas with Ultra Chrome Pigment Inks. Acrylic sealant and UV Protection are applied. Where appropriate, traditional paints and mediums are added to the surface to highlight areas and add more depth. Photographic images are printed on fine art papers. Pigment on Canvas prints are gallery wrapped and ready to hang. Prints on fine art papers are rolled and shipped in tubes.

I am co-founder of where we offer on-line workshops as well as destination workshops in Corel Painter, Photoshop, and Lightroom. We offer digital brushes, paper libraries and fine art textures for Corel Painter.

Please contact me if you have questions. My email is
Or follow me on InstaGram: @paintedworks

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