Western Art, Rodeo Art, Horse Art, Murals
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Life is good...make your best, better!

Painting and sketching from life,

fuels by my passion.   

My favorite subjects... animals

 and people, where likeness and

personality of my subject are key...

highlighting the eyes, at times

 I use gold leafing for added appeal.

The creative process includes research,

observation, study, sketching and

hands on experience when possible

before starting my piece. 

When painting

the horse I often incorporated their

hair into the painting.

Plein air and still life work allows for

artistic growth and a change

of pace out of the studio.


Working as a graphic artist for 19 years laid a

valuable foundation of discipline and a

"business sense" for success as I shifted

to exclusively fine art in 1995.



Large murals in public and private venues

play a major role in my extensive

list of projects.  I welcome a challenge...

creatively, physically and mentally,

always looking for the next opportunity

to try something new.



My love of art started after taking

an art class in the seventh grade.

With a commercial

art degree in 1976 , I started my art

career as a

graphic designer in advertising

and later as a freelance artist

before pursuing fine art full time.


Commissioned canvas work, murals,

solo/group exhibits and art competitions

consume my daily art schedule.




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