Western Art, Rodeo Art, Horse Art, Murals
crafted by photobiz



Life is good... Art is my obsession and livelihood,

working as a professional artist since 1976. 

After 19 years in graphic arts,

I shifted to exclusively fine art in 1995,

with a focus on large wall murals and

commissioned canvas paintings. 

Since that time I have created hundreds

of art pieces for commercial and residential locations

to include: cathedrals, hospitals, living centers, schools,

museums, restaurants, sport facilities and

government buildings as well as private homes. 

I work with interior designers or

the client personally.

Approximately 90% of my work is commissioned. 

Working in a variety of mediums and

subjects allows me to be flexible,

to accommodate client requests and still

incorporate my personal creative twist.


A signature member and past president

of the Red River Watercolor Society;

founding member of Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists

(FMVA) in Fargo, ND;

The Red Door Art Gallery in Wahpeton, ND;

and The Old West Museum, Cheyenne, WY. 

My artwork is available through

 Dakota Fine Art, Fargo;

Underbrush Gallery, Fargo, ND

and The Red Door Art Gallery, Wahpeton, ND.

In addition to my studio and mural commissions,

I teach workshops and private lessons.



“Celebrating life… people, animals and nature.

Finding what is overlooked.”

Karen’s style is realism with a touch

of impressionism,

keeping her paintings fresh and

interesting no matter the theme. 

“Painting animals and people are my favorites.”

Her goal is to capture the personality and

essence of her subject,

especially thru their eyes.

Plein air (open air painting) has developed

her observation and quick decision skills. 

“There is no better teacher than

direct observation and nature itself.” 

Inspiration comes effortlessly, supported

with energy and a strong work ethic,

striving to make her best…better.






Karen Bakke Art & Design specializes in large wall murals commercial/residential and commissioned animal art.