Karen Larson is the American artist living and painting in Paris, France as serafiavictoria. She attended the Ecole du Louvre and received a Masters degree in Art History from the Sorbonne in 1981. Her career as a business executive focused on the management and commercial licensing of world-renowned art and photography archives. In 2011 she left her business career to pursue painting full time. Nature, family photographs and other non-tangible memories often inspire her work.
Her most recent works are contemporary “Nihonga” style paintings made using traditional Japanese water based techniques and materials. Ground minerals, metal leaf, and earth pigments are applied with brushes to paper mounted on wooden panels. Organic glue binds the pigments. No glass is needed to protect the surface for exhibition.
Subjects are often autobiographical; addressing themes of childhood, memory, youth and aging. The ephemeral beauty of flowers and their symbolism are the subject of her recent Nihonga paintings.