Karen Ojala

I am enthralled by portrait expressionism and work primarily from life in a studio space steps away from the waterfront. I carefully choose the model, the setting, and the composition — If I have no control over one or all of those circumstances, I pause and try to focus on what there is to discover. In the encapsulated fleeting time of a model’s sitting, I paint my ‘alla prima’ interpretation, a first expression of their being.