About Karen Visser

Originally from New Zealand I grew up at the base of a volcano in the Far North. Upon the completion of my education I ventured to Australia where I have made my long term home nestled in a garden paradise on the Northern Beaches in Sydney, never far from the sea.

Since I was a small child, beauty and fine detail always intrigued me. Known to be a dreamer I loved exploring my surrounds, be it magical rock pools full of life or climbing trees to gain a different perspective on my surrounds. I received my first camera when I was about 9 years old.

With an extensive career in Graphic Design I expanded my services to include Photography. These days I now consider myself an 'Artist Photographer' as focus and energies have shifted from the commercial world to personal works.

I delight in exploring possibilities beyond constraints. My most recent series of works takes me on a new journey of Semi Abstract Landscapes that I like to call LIGHTSCAPES. This new series is constantly developing as I become more and more enchanted by the 'Choreography between Light + Movement', revealing unique works that share a sense of wonder within.

Education

I am a self taught artist with a background career in Graphic Design. With a camera in my hand since I was a child, my progression into Photography was a natural one and proved to be an invaluable extension to my design work. Branching out in the last few years to delve deeper into my own personal works I am focusing now on exploring the possibilities beyond the 'documentary' of photographic capture. Breaking free of perceived technical constraints I love to explore what resonates deep within, of feeling with my eyes rather than just seeing.

Exhibitions

Fluidity - 2017
Creative Space - Northern Beaches - Sydney

Three of light - 2012
Watch House - Balmain - Sydney

Influences

Influenced by my formative years of growing up in New Zealand amongst a thriving community of artist and fine crafts people including Stanley Palmer (Bamboo Engravings) Simon & Tineke Engelhard ( Potters) and Chester Nealie ( Potter), Hundertwasser (Artist / Architect) as well as an abundance of Maori arts and crafts of my region.
Over the years I have immersed myself in various workshops such as Screen Printing, Paper Marbling, Painting and Life Drawing
More recently I have been returning to my earlier educational years of appreciating the Masters of Light and reawakening my love for the wonderful Impressionist Movement.