Discover Local Artist: Caren Hackman

Caren Hackman is hosting a show and sale of her work in Palm Beach Gardens by appointment through December 31. “A large grouping of pieces out on exhibit with an organization in Gainesville this year. So, this exhibit is an opportunity to open my studio to visitors so that they can stroll through and see a collection of my work.”

House in Giverny, 24 by 18 inches, oil on canvas, $450

She enjoys working in all three of the media that she uses: watercolor, acrylic and oil.

“Yaffo,” 24″ x 18″ oil on canvas, $400

“I choose the medium I will use for a painting after deciding how I feel about the subject matter,” she said. “The choice of media is an emotional one. If I am after a great deal of freedom and want to feel movement and flow I might choose watercolor. If I want to move more slowly with my work and am after a deeper more mellow, rich feeling I might gravitate towards working on the piece in oils. The acrylics offer a middle ground for me. I work primarily with Golden Fluid Acrylics which offers me options to simulate the action of watercolors as well as the richness gained from working with oils.”

“Ginger,” 36 by 24 inches, $950.

Hackman also is interested in a variety of subject matter, either studying one for several years or going back and forth between two.  “I like to work with close up images of plants. The value patterns are intriguing to me and hold my attention. That’s what you see in Ginger.”

She also has a great love for architecture and texture, she said. “I enjoy working with contrasts such as the contrast between aged wood or craggy stone work and lush plant life in House in Giverney . In Yaffo Contrast I’ve also included the bright red motor scooter which forms a stark contrast to thousands-of-year-old stone work and lush green vines. My third interest which is the moving human figure Slide image.. Most of these are executed in watercolor. I find working with moving images is challenging and exhilarating.”

“Slide,” 22 by 30 inches,  $950.

Hackman sketches and photographs her subject matter  on location, and most often, she completes her work in her studio. Every year or so she likes to travel to a destination with all her gear and paint on location. She has  won two artist-in-residence positions with National Parks (Herbert Hoover national Historic Site and Necedah National Wildlife Refuge) where she was able to draw and paint on location.
For an appointment, call Hackman at (561) 622-4884.

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