New Collector: Federal Home Loan Bank by Karen Matheis

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka, Kansas has acquired two of my paintings for their collection this month.  I am happy my paintings are part of an overall thoughtful design for the FHL's corporate headquarters. 

HTK Architects were in charge of the interior of the three storied modern space which included much natural light and scenic views. The client wished to project a stable and conservative image, while also providing offices that are light, open and organized, and facilitate communication. 


Work on View at Blue Gallery by Karen Matheis

Some of my work is now available for viewing at Blue Gallery.  Three large paintings are now wonderfully displayed at Blue Gallery, located in the Cross Roads in Kansas City, Missouri.  They are part of a group show highlighting some of my favorite artists from Blue, including Kelly Porter and Amber George. 

Information for Blue: telephone: 816.527.0823


hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
First Fridays 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
or by appointment

street address: 118 Southwest Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64108

Painting in Winter by Karen Matheis

We've had a few snowy days in this month of January.  It makes perfect painting weather.  The skies are a particular color of lavender in the mornings.  I noticed the snow sparkles on my early morning runs. 

Current projects include a series painting consisting of three panels, and many 32 x 32 inch paintings that are being worked out;  some will become larger paintings. 

Happy Home by Karen Matheis

"Field with Yellow Square" now resides in a residence in Kansas CIty

"Field with Yellow Square" now resides in a residence in Kansas CIty

I always love to hear what happens to my paintings once they leave the studio.  A client saw my painting at Blue and it now resides in a family home in Kansas City.  He contacted me today to say they enjoy the painting when they look at it everyday.  I am so happy this painting has found a good home!

Photographing Works by Karen Matheis

I am cataloging paintings with my photographer Aaron Paden.  Today, he photographed works for Citizen's Bank.  

Many collectors have archives of their corporate collections.  I had this series photographed as a service to the buyers to document the commission.  

Client Request: Delft Blue Skies by Karen Matheis

I love working with clients to develop their vision for spaces. My current paintings reflect a client request for a specific blue for skies for seven landscapes.  The blue is a vivid blue that utilizes a Delft blue. The blue is quite bold and has a different feel than the wispy light grey and yellow skies that I have been working with.  

The blue will be the color that will tie all seven paintings together.  The paintings will be vibrant in the space that they will hang. 

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