KAREN MCLEAN-MCGAW, a nationally acclaimed artist and Santa Barbara native, has been capturing the essence of California and European landscapes for the past 25 years with her vibrant and sensitive paintings. Her small format paintings are executed 'en plein air', while larger compositions are painted in her studio. She is frequently invited to jury shows, demonstrate her painting technique and teach workshops.

   "My approach to painting is direct, I strive to convey the uniqueness of the landscape and the feeling of a fleeting moment in time. It may be the angle and subtle color of a shadow or the reflective and mesmerizing qualities of water that grab my attention."


2007 Sausalito Fine Art Festival (1998-2007)
2007 La Jolla Festival of the Arts (1997-2007)
2007 ArtWalk '05, Conejo Valley Art Museum
2007 ArtWalk Santa Barbara


First Place, 2009 Santa Barbara ArtWalk Outdoor Exhibition
Poster Artist for the 2008 La Jolla Festival of Art
First Place, Watercolor, Conejo Valley Museum ArtWalk, June 2007
Award Santa Barbara ArtWalk 2006
First Place, Watercolor, ArtWalk 2005, Second Place Watercolor 2006
Watercolor award, Sausalito Art Festival, 2003
First Place Watercolor, South Coast Fine Art Festival, Newport Beach, 2002
First Place, Watercolor, Fine Art Santa Barbara, 2002
Award Winner(La Jolla Cove) Sunshine Artist Magazine Poster contest 2001
Award Winner(Sausalito) Sunshine Artist Magazine Poster contest 2001
Poster Artist, Sausalito Art Festival 2000
Poster Artist, La Jolla Festival of the Arts 1999
Poster Artist, Fine Art Santa Barbara 1999
Selected Juror, Sausalito Art Festival 2002, 2003, 2005


Watercolor Magazine, Spring issue, 2000
Cover Artist, Passport Magazine
Cover Artist, Montecito Magazine


Art Students League, New York City
Studied Painting In France Italy and the United States under the guidence of
Master painters Tom Hill and Timothy J. Clark


Santa Barbara Studio Artist
SCAPE - Southern California Artist Painting for the Environment
Santa Barbara Art Association

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