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Meet Karen Pike of Kpikeart “Art by Kpike” in West LA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Karen Pike.

Karen, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I struggled in high school until I found what made me click. I had an amazing art teacher that saw my passion. He helped me put a portfolio together and I applied to The Los Angeles County high school for the Arts (LACHSA). I received a scholarship for the University of Arizona for Art.

After College, I was doing any and all random jobs I could get my hands on living in Hawaii. When I returned to Los Angeles, I decided to pick up my brushes and my journey began. I drove up and down California and back and forth across the United states painting and showing my art. My objective was to get my work out there, from art festivals, featured artists, from painting live with the to the H Gallery in Laguna Beach. My passion for art and creating grew.

Has it been a smooth road?
Haha, Highly textured. There were ups and downs, no doubt! It’s Art! As with any journey sometimes I learned the hard way. I wanted to put my self out there. I was determined. Getting into galleries and selling my work. I constantly handed out my business card to anyone that gave my eye contact. It was survival. I think I fired my self three times. I sat my self down and said stick to the art, find someone to help with the social media/ the writing. But time and time again. I would find my self back out there. Dust my self off and begin the process again.

Please tell us more about your art.
I’m an artist, I specialize in abstract figurative painting. I Paint on acrylic on canvas and on metal. The metal canvases are made so they can hang outside. I paint from my heart and soul. I love what I do. I love the figure. I try to think about people and places when I paint, I love to dance when I paint and feel the music and the movement. I try to leave enough to the imagination to allow your brain to dance to see your own story.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Los Angeles is a great place for artists and for dreamers. Its a place with many resources and passionate people. I think now more than ever people need to get their art out there. Art is something that brings people together, that puts smiles on people faces. Its a dance step, a sound, a stroke of a brush, color, light. We need this now.

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