Karen Weir Wins Second Place in January Members Show

Karen Weir, an artist and resident of La Jolla, California and of Catharine, Alabama has won the second-place award in the continuingly competitive January 2022 San Diego Watercolor Society (SDWS) Member’s exhibition “The New Purple is Black”, an in-gallery show of the SDWS at 2825 Dewey Road in Liberty Station, San Diego, CA. Weirs painting entitled “Colorful Reflections” was selected by prominent local artist and juror Linda Doll for this honor, out of 220 entries. Doll said of  the painting, “I particularly love sunlight, shade and shadow. I love the light coming through that beautiful stained-glass window and then reflecting color against the wall and against the statue. I think that it is well designed, a beautiful rendition of an interior and the light inside this building. It is just a gorgeous piece.”

Previously a licensed architectural designer in Alabama and Florida and a professional member of ASID, Karen Weir is artistic in many ways.  She had her own company, Added Dimensions, for 22 years in Miami, Florida.  She also worked at Vizcaya, the historic “Italian Renaissance” villa of James Deering, initially as a docent and eventually taught some of the design refresher courses and did research.  It was there that she learned to appreciate old structures with the patina of age and the beautiful elements of gardens.  Weir finds that the light of Miami is very similar to that of southern California where in La Jolla Karen and her husband, Jim, have a second home. Karen’s paintings in watercolor, pastels, and oils and her photography show that interest in capturing light and she has won many awards for her work. Karen is a member of the Selma Art Guild, the La Jolla Art Association, the California Art Club, the Oil Painters of America, as well as the American Impressionist Society. She also has had 24 paintings on display in La Jolla, CA.  in Sotheby’s International Realty headquarters.

The Gallery Exhibit will run through Saturday January 29, 2022 at the SDWS gallery at 2528 Dewey Road in Liberty Station. Paintings can be viewed and purchased from the gallery as well as on the SDWS website at https://www.sdws.org/galleryart.php?cat=6964.


The San Diego Watercolor Society, a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1965, is dedicated to expanding the appreciation of and involvement in watermedia painting through education, exhibition and promotion.  More information can be found at http://www.sdws.org.

“Colorful Reflections”
by Karen Weir

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