New Project: Citizen's Bank by Karen Matheis

When clients from Citizen's bank decided to open a new branch, we worked together to visualize a space for the bank's interior.  Collaboration has led to art work that is specifically designed for this location. Seven large paintings will hang in the lobby and office areas. The paintings are Kansas themed landscapes with specific color choices embedded within the designs. 



Tribute to a loving cat by Karen Matheis

It is a sad day in the studio.  My constant cat companion, Bally the Cat,  was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.  The cancer spread very quickly to her organs. As the pain from large tumors increased, we made the decision to put her to sleep.

Ball was a sweet and lazy cat.  She loved to nap and be petted. Her devotion to helping me by being by my side when I painted was always valuable and comforting. 

Here is a tribute to my loving cat who will join all other loved cats in kitty heaven. 

Bally: 2003-2017

Bally: 2003-2017

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for KU Medical Center Cambridge Tower by Karen Matheis

The black tie ribbon cutting ceremony for the KU Medical Center's Cambridge Tower was held on October 26, 2017.  This day was many years in the making, with up to 400 workers engaged on the progress of the building at a time.  A sense of congratulations was felt during the ceremony. Immediatealy after the ceremony, doctors and nurses gave us tours of new operating and patient rooms. 

Just days prior to the opening, my nine paintings were installed in the lobby.  I was able to look at the paintings for the first time during this event.  The paintings look fantastic in the space. Beautiful lighting is in place to highlight the art. 

So happy to see a completion to this wonderful project. 

Title of KU Med Center Project by Karen Matheis

The title of the KU Med Center Project is "Meadowlark." I searched for a title that would be representative of this large scale project of nine paintings. 

The Western meadowlark is the state bird for Kansas and Nebraska and other states that have prairies.  The meadowlark creates its nest in grasslands, prairies, and abandoned fields.

The bird is a sweet smallish bird with a yellow underbelly.  

I like the title because one can hear the bird early in the morning in the summer in Kansas, which is the feel for me for the paintings.  

KU Medical Center: Update by Karen Matheis

The KU Medical Center Project is complete and paintings will be installed in a few weeks. 

 The nine paintings will be displayed on the first floor lobby.  The long paintings will hang in between large windows.  Some paintings are in front of seating areas.  

I am anxious to see these paintings in their new space! 

Figure Drawing Today by Karen Matheis

We were lucky to have a wonderful model for our figure session today.  So nice to spend Saturday morning drawing. Most drawings are quick 10 minute sketches. 

 Here are a few pics from today: 

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Photo Shoot by Karen Matheis

What a glamorous day I had as I participated in a photo shoot.  I was pampered when a professional stylist created my hair and make-up, and an expert photographer designed camera frames.  

This frenzy of activity is in an effort to create a business-like photo of me for potential promotional material.  

I was very impressed with my photographer who took every detail into account.