Check out the Article on my Bio as "Artist Spotlight" for September 2014 at www.mystateart.com. Written by Jody FitzGibbon
Hand-Drawn Portraits, Live Portrait Sketches & Private Art Lessons
by Kara Williamson
Kara has been engaged in the arts ever since she was a young child, but her passion for portraits began in early middle school, which was an artistic way of expressing her affinity for popular celebrities pictured in magazines. In high school, the beautiful black and white photography from fashion magazines inspired her to try and capture the personality and attitude that emanated from the models. Each time she completed a portrait, her skills improved rapidly, getting more and more realistic. It was in those times that she realized she had a gift for capturing the human face, and the personality behind it.
When Kara draws portraits, she doesn't just recreate the photograph in front of her - something magical happens. Her talent allows her to tap into the emotion, energy, and personality of every subject. There is a bond created with each face that she translates onto paper. She describes her process as a meditative state, in which her mind, hand and spirit intertwine, and her understanding of the subjects energies are reproduced onto the paper, almost effortlessly. The majority of the time, her clients compliment her work as, "Looking better than the photograph."
Aside from her portrait work, Kara teaches private art lessons to children, and leads therapeutic art activities at a counseling center in Lebanon, TN. She also attends festivals and special events to draw Live portraits, which take about 20 minutes each. These events include Tomato Fest 2014, Charlie Daniels Park, Relay for Life, and Opryland's "Treasures for the Holidays." Her newest offering is for Weddings, to draw the Bride and Groom's special moment (from a snapshot) during the reception as a form of entertainment for the guests, and a forever keepsake for the Newlyweds. Also, she offers "QUICK SKETCHES" from your photographs, which take only a day to complete, and make great gifts for friends, or unique memorabilia for the home and office.
Therapeutic Arts Leader, Lebanon TN, Current Position
Showing work currently at "Uncommon Grounds" Coffee House, Old Hickory TN
Hand-Drawn Portrait Artist since 2001
Private Art Instructor for Children
Live Portrait Artist, "Treasures for the Holidays," Gaylord Opryland, Nashville 2014
"Artist of the Month" Logan County Public Library, Russellville, Kentucky, August 2014
Live Portrait Artist, Charlie Daniels Park, Mount Juliet, September 2014
Live Portrait Artist, Tomato Fest East Nashville, August 2014
Pre-Scholar Enrichments, Art Instructor, 2013-2014
Nashville "Untitled" Art Show, 2013
East Nashville "Octane Gallery" 2013
Live Portrait Artist Auction at Sherman Theater's "The Living Room", June 2013
East Stroudsburg University 2008-2010, B.A. Psychology
Pocono Medical Center 2009-2010, Art Therapy Intern
Scenic Artist Assistant, 2007, SilverCup Studios, Queens NY, Prepping set for ABC's "Cashmere Mafia"
Kutztown University 2005-2008, Fine Arts Major and Dean's Scholar
President of National Art Honor Society, 2005
Dale's Coffee Shop 2004, Celebrity Portrait Show
Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts, 2004 Graduate: 1 of 200 selected out of 2,000+ applicants