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Meet The Artist

My name is Karen Patrum and I live in Durango, CO with my husband Doug, and two children, Farrah (7), and Trey (5). I am currently the art teacher at Needham Elementary School. I feel fortunate to teach art everyday as my job. I also try to practice my art as much as possible. I graduated with a Bachelors of Art from Fort Lewis College with my focus on printmaking and lithography. I then received my teaching license in Art K-12, followed by my Masters in Arts of Education also from Fort Lewis College. Since graduating with my undergraduate degree, my love for art has evolved as different mediums have captured my focus.

Over the years I fell in love with fusing glass and inlaying that glass into pieces of wood. From there my focus turned back to painting with acrylic paint. I enjoy painting surrealistic nature scenes. I am currently experimenting with pour painting and incorporating fused glass into those pieces.

However, drawing has always been a constant in my life. I enjoy the challenge of it and problem solving through it. From as young as I can remember, I was always drawing and coloring. I am also obsessed with vibrant and rich colors. I thoroughly enjoy using oil pastels, chalk pastels, and colored pencils for that reason. I remember when I was 8 years old, and drawing became more difficult. It became more difficult because I realized that my people and animals didn’t look realistic. From that point I taught myself to draw what I saw, rather than what I thought something should look like. I feel fortunate enough to pass that crucial tip along to the students I see every day. I also try to inspire a never ending love of art like I have!