Karen Vaughan is a North Carolina artist based in Halifax County. She paints primarily with acrylics. Many of her works feature landscapes, florals, animals, and people.
Vaughan says since she was a child she has loved creating. “I have memories when I was in grammar school… working on bulletin boards for the teacher when other students were at their desk doing workbooks,” she said.
As she grew up she still had a passion for creating but turned her focus to a career in education. “This was the 1960s when women either were a nurse or a teacher,” she said. “I spent my working years primarily working with math and science teachers on problem-solving, mathematical principles, and deductive reasoning. So with that background… it is not a surprise that I approach painting differently.”
When it comes to her painting style she says she does not have a discernible one. “A painting takes on a life of its own and seems to dictate which method and colors I use,” she said. “The paintings I seem to lose myself in, work out the best.”
Every piece she creates she keeps a photo of in a notebook to see how she has progressed over time. She said she remembers one of the very first pieces she created was for a friend and it was a painting of her father-in-law on his farm. “She loved it,” Vaughan said. “Years later, after her marriage had ended in divorce, I asked her ex-husband who got the painting and he said she did!” Many of Vaughan’s’ works have been donated to universities, art councils, and the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, N.C. She is also a part of the Halifax Arts Council and is a current artist in the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery.
For a list of her works currently featured in the gallery, please visit The Mattie King Davis Art Gallery Facebook page, @mattiekingdavisgallery.