Karen Lee Crenshaw, Jacksonville, Florida
“Karen Lee Crenshaw has been drawing “since she used to scribble on the walls as a child.” As the wife of Lt. Col Bill Crenshaw, she has been a part of the military life since 1988. She has twenty-one-year-old twins, Tom and Kristen, who share her creativity and have also done their share of wall scribbling. The family has lived in Jacksonville for the last fifteen years where Karen maintains Crenshaw Art Studio in their home and at ArtExposure in Hampstead, NC.
Karen has been accepting portrait commissions for a number of years and specializes in portraits of women and children. Her work is traditional and lifelike, yet it maintains a painterly quality. She enjoys providing her clients with an heirloom that will last for many generations. “I especially love working with children and capturing that innocence that seems to pass so quickly,” the artist says.
Karen's landscapes were selected for reproduction in a recent book, "Painting North Carolina, A Visual Journey," by Kimberly Maselli. Her work joins those of 32 regionally and nationally known landscape painters.
Karen was born in South Dakota and grew up in West Virginia where she obtained a B.S. in Art Education from Concord College. After teaching in Rockbridge County, VA, she returned to her studies at George Washington University in Washington, DC, earning a Master of Fine Arts in Painting. Her paintings have been exhibited and have won awards in New York City, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and Washington, DC.