Show at Annie Kaill’s in Juneau, Alaska

Exhibit at Annie Kaill's

Thanks to my friend Sherri, I have some photos of my exhibit! I think this was the first opening I’ve had long distance. I’m so thankful that friends stopped in to check it out despite an avalanche!!!!!!!!!!! The staff at Annie Kaill’s did an amazing job presenting everything. And to think of all of the pressure I’ve felt hanging shows over the years… I’m just thankful all around.

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Holding onto Juneau, statement

Karen Suderman, statement

Holding onto Juneau

It’s been more than a year now since my husband and I arrived in Juneau. As a constant observer of details in nature, I feel taken back by the grandeur of it all. How could I ever take it all in, or with me?

You can’t hold onto the vast landscape, keep the snow or capture the wildlife with any one view.  But you can experience it all in instants.  That is all it will lend you, because in its permanence it changes constantly.

One step after another, you will never see the same horizon. You can’t recreate the force of a glacier that focuses so much energy on being compact, the soft relief that winter can bring after the rain, the innate respect of things larger than yourself, or the glory in a person’s kindness here.

You can only partake in its fullness for a moment, and then hold on to who you are because of it.

This collection is who I am, holding onto Juneau.

4th Annual 12 Buy Exhibition

I was happy to participate in the 4th annual 12 buy exhibition at Austin Art Space. It’s always a great show with a large turn out. Somehow I managed to get my 12 buy to Austin from Alaska. I originally started two oils, but ran into Juneau drying issues and sent in a quick sketch instead.  I wish all of the artists involved great success at the opening this weekend!

I’m sure you will be able to see pictures of the event on Austin Art Space’s web site!

Back from the Arctic Circle

One place I never thought I would visit.

Alan and I soon discovered just how close we were from the arctic circle on our road trip last week. We couldn’t pass by such an opportunity. Some of the most beautiful terrain I’ve ever seen adorns the Dempster Hwy, the worst road I’ve ever driven on. Rich hues of gray, purple, burnt sienna, green, yellow, and pink still linger inside my heart. At times, it was so quiet we could hear ringing.

Arctic Circle LineBetween here and there

Outside Studio

Outside Studio in Juneau

I moved my studio outside today. The porch was perfect shelter from the rain. Which is great because it hasn’t stopped raining for days! Does this count as Plein Air? The entire time I was painting I thought that bear might be under the house. I recommend this strategy to everyone. You get so much more done.

Paintings in Progress


Making Stretcher Bars

When we moved to Alaska, I only brought the basic art supplies.  Last week I finally purchased some wood tools to make my own canvases again. It was liberating and exhausting. I love power tools!  I made two 3 by 4’, 2 by 4’, and 3 by 3’ canvases.  Our house now looks like the Karen Museum of Soon to Be Art.

Even Pets Like Laundry

I call this one …
Even Pets Enjoy Laundry