Biography

 

Karin Jansson was born in August, 1957 in Stockholm, Sweden. She moved with her family to Alpine, New Jersey as a preschooler. She attended the Spence School in New York City (where, between classes, she could be found studying paintings at the nearby Metropolitan Museum of Art).

Summers throughout her early years were filled with family visits to Sweden and England, the homelands of her parents. But it was a trip to California that captured her artistic imagination. She reports "My fascination with the west was an enigma. I felt a strong pull there from the time I was a kid. I don't know why, after all those trips to European castles and cathedrals. I just felt very much at home in the wide open spaces and the "empty" landscape- which did not appear so to me. It was more like a blank canvas with a world of possibilities waiting for me." This love of the golden openness brought Karin to the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she graduated in 1979 with a B.A. in fine art.



After returning to Manhattan, Karin served brief stints teaching art and working for a Soho art gallery, but she still felt drawn west. During this time, she discovered textile design. Karin promptly launched a 22 year freelance career working for prominent New York studios in the design of women and children's wear, home decoration, and over-the-counter fabrics.

In 1987, Karin returned to the west coast and began to create a powerful body of large colored pencil drawings, while maintaining her ongoing fabric design business. She opened her studio to the public through the bay area Pro-arts open studio every year. She was also a member of the Berkeley coop ACCI. At this time, her art was included in "30 Contemporary Women Artists" by Pomegranate Art Books. 

 



Karin's art work continued to blossom and develop into new areas. She expanded her efforts into wood sculpting and hand-painted furniture. This grounding in three-dimensional art gave her new work a remarkable sense of depth. It deeply influenced her new primary focus for her creative endeavors- painting in acrylic.

Now living in the Carmel Valley, Karin has also served as a fine art consultant for a major Carmel gallery. She is painting the landscape she knows and loves best. Her inspiration is the spectacular scenery of her beach walks and frequent (steep) hikes in the Big Sur.




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