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Having spent several years as a working artist in New York City's East Village, Karen Zilly is currently California-based, focusing on abstract minimalism influenced by Eastern philosophy, Japanese poetry, and nature. She also works as a freelance illustrator and designer for both corporate and non-profit clients, savors time spent near the water or wandering among plants and pages of haiku, and volunteers for a nonprofit arts organization that provides training and community support to people affected by homelessness. She hopes to work abroad, developing media for nonprofit organizations in science, conservation, and humanitarian efforts, as well as continuing in fine art.

Her painting compositions are gracefully nuanced; bold colors are tempered with introspection, and textural moments reveal a technique at once vigorous yet delicate. The final images that arise display a mindful sensitivity that captivates with drama and calms with a peaceful sureness.

Her work, which has been shown in galleries and art shows in several states, and collected by clients in the US, Europe, and South America, continues to gain recognition through commissions and direct sales with private buyers and interior designers. Some of her notable projects include the juried MADE section of the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, a panoramic Buddha portrait for Blesso Properties, a seated Buddha portrait for Dwell's Harlem House, and a contribution to a bedroom makeover by Thom Filicia for InStyle Magazine.

Over the years, clients have discovered her work in Dwell Magazine, and also in the Favorite Finds, Modern Art, and Inspired Design sections in Architectural Digest. This September, she will again be a contributing artist in the Art for Tibet silent auction fundraiser at Tibet House in New York City.

She loves that people find a freedom in her work, a connection with color, and a sense of serenity with the changing light throughout the day, which transforms a room into a personal, sacred space.




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