About The Artist
The tenuous boundary between living nature and human encroachment is the primary unifying theme in Karen Hackenberg's artwork. In Watershed, her ongoing series of gouache and oil paintings, she meticulously crafts darkly humorous images of commercial beach flotsam. Represented by Simon Mace Gallery in Port Townsend WA, and Smith and Vallee Gallery in Edison WA, Hackenberg exhibits extensively in the Northwest and around the nation. She recently participated in a seven-person invitational exhibition about oceans, Beneath the Surface: Rediscovering a World Worth Conserving, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science headquarters in Wash. D. C. Her work is included in many public and private collections, most recently in the New York State Museum, Albany NY, and Providence Medical Center in Everett WA. She is a Washington State Artist Trust GAP award recipient, and is listed on the current Washington State Arts Commission Public Artist Roster. Her artwork will be included in the upcoming 2013 Schiffer publication, 100 Northwest Artists to be released in 2013. Karen Hackenberg received a BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design, and currently lives and works near Port Townsend, WA.