Karen Weihs is a native of Charleston, SC with a BFA from the University of Georgia. As a teenager, Weihs was moved by the work of Charleston artist Alice Ravenel Huger Smith displayed at The Gibbes Museum of Art. In college, she was greatly influenced by her painting instructor Lamar Dodd and mentor Frank Licciardi. Her professional career began with the Sea Pines Corporation, where she worked as a graphic designer. For the past twenty years, she has been at her easel creating contemporary landscapes and intuitive playful images. She teaches regularly at the Bascom Museum in Highlands as well as other places in the US and Europe.
Her love of simple, abstracted shapes led her to do colorful geometric/figurative series, including the Wild Angels Series and the Red Series. In 2009, she was the recipient of the WNC signature award for the Red Series. She has also received the Artist of America Award (1994) and has a large collector base, including two Governors, the Biltmore Estate, and the Mansion of Turtle Creek Restaurant.
Weihs currently resides in the mountains of Cashiers, North Carolina.
"As a contemporary oil painter and colorist, I love to create images that depict endless visual space. Forsaking all details, I conjure patterns of light, air, weather and reflection that feel ethereal and diffused. Layered pigments, contrasting colors and geometric shapes breathe life into my images and while my landscapes are minimal in representational content, I find viewers often see the familiar in the abstract." Karen Weihs