Artist Statement

Karen BrumelleI wish to relate to the world I see with open eyes, an open heart and a freshness in approach. I am particularly drawn to landscape, birds and fish. I want to express the wonder of the world, its size, its light and shadow, its patterns and its hidden places. I am more concerned with portraying a simplified and spiritual essence rather than photographic realism. My collage work and printmaking are more abstract, sometimes playful. But always I am searching for the simplified heart of an image.

Karen Mautner Brumelle



Karen Brumelle is a Vancouver artist and teacher. She studied art and received a teaching credential at the University of California, Berkeley, and then received an MA in Art Education from UBC. She taught art at Arts Umbrella at its inception, and at several other schools. Finally she taught art at Lord Byng Secondary School in the Byng Arts Program for ten years, taking early retirement in 2004.

Karen is a member of the Vancouver Art Guild, which has an exhibition and sale of members’ work annually in November. She is also a member of Artists in Our Midst/West of Main Art Walk and the Canadian Federation of Artists. Currently she spends her time creating art work and traveling.

Her work is in collections in British Columbia, Nova Scotia, California, Japan and Massachusetts. She is represented by Sooke Harbour House, Sooke, BC. She has work at the North Vancouver Community Arts Council Art Rental. She participated in a two person exhibit "Brush and Wire" at the Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery, Vancouver, BC February 20 to March 16, 2014. She has had numerous exhibitions and one person shows; these are listed along with examples of her work on her website under Exhibitions.