Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest by a pair of self-professed nature lovers, Karen Luke Fildes has spent the past two decades dedicating her love, respect and awe for the natural splendor of the Northwest, using oil and canvas. Her works have been displayed at galleries and exhibits in the Northwest, Canada and Germany. She is a recipient of Pierce County Arts Commission’s Margaret K. Williams Award for Excellence in the Arts and has recently finished a series of 500 landscapes studying water and atmosphere.
“I’ve been studying Washington light on land, atmosphere, and water with sacred respect for the water cycle. Heaven and earth are connected because of water’s ability to evaporate and flow. Children grow, the earth moves, storms come and go, while wars and divorces, weddings and births--bring me back to the assurance that the sun continues to rise and set, and the water continues to cycle between the sky and sea. It is the moments of truth in nature’s sanctuaries, and how they are touched by light, that seem worth preserving to me.” Her “Tailgate Shows” are well known in several circles where she gives her talks on Washington color and the reciprocal relationship between sky, land, and sea.