Karen Sikie, the talented artist behind Paper Mosaic Studio, is one of the newest additions to the Painted Planet Family. Since signing with us this past April, Karen's beautiful collages of nature-inspired patterns and designs have quickly gained popularity with makers of everything from greeting cards to fabric.
Kindergarten! I created two finger paintings because I did not like the composition of the first one. My grandma, who was an artist, also inspired me. I would stare at her paintings and wonder how she did that.
What do you draw inspiration from?
The natural world is my muse, not just for its external beauty but also because of the more ethereal ideas that nature provides: flow, reciprocity and the cycles of bloom and decay. Looking at art is one of my favorite things--that is why I am addicted to Pinterest!
How would you describe your signature style?
I love paper and Lucite.
Who’s your go-to person for providing honest feedback on your work?
I do have art buddies that help, but I have also recently joined critique group through Painted Planet.
Describe your studio.
My studio is our garage that has been converted. It has dry wall and windows. I LOVE my studio, it has a view of my garden and I pinch myself everyday.
Do you work in silence or with music? If music, what kind?
It depends on what part of the process I am in. Sometimes I work just to the sound of rain, sometimes I listen to an audio book or music.
I did the interior of an elevator in a private home. It was very difficult and turned out amazing. I did the panels in my studio and then they were installed. It even included the ceiling. I learned so much on that project, not just about my artistic ability, but how to keep my boundaries and know my worth. At the last minute the designer wanted me to add the client's golden retriever into the composition! I did, but should have negotiated more money. Everything is a learning experience.
Have you won any accolades or awards?
Yes, and they are very nice. But for me, continuing to learn and grow, not just as an artist but as a business woman, has been the most rewarding. I’m not going to get an award for that. So I do a lot of self-appreciation and acknowledgement of my progress and growth. Entering into the world of licensing is one of my biggest accomplishments. I have had to learn a whole new set of skills including Photoshop, dealing with contracts and how to be flexible in my artistic process.
What is your dream project?
My dream projects would be a private commission once a month and to have a line of home décor products.
What is your favorite color?
I vacillate between red and grass green.
If you were not an artist what would you do?
Landscape design. I love being outside in the garden and I love being at home.
What are your hobbies (besides art)?
Gardening, walking with my hubby and our Greyhound, looking at art and going to galleries. And the occasional Netflix binge-watching on the couch with the hubby and our Greyhound. HEAVEN!