Art Group of the Comox Valley
About Us

Karen Erickson
Landscape Memory 1
Acrylic, 9 x 12"

Landscape Memory 2
Acrylic, 9 x 12"

Karen began painting at age 30 just before she moved from Port Alberni to Parksville. She had her first child and was home with him at the time. She discovered a group of artists in the Parksville area who painted together every Wednesday and joined them whenever she could. She was a member of this group for ten years and had two more children, whom she brought along with her until they were in school. Karen enjoyed the friendship and mentoring of several in the group and also attended workshops brought to Parksville by a group that met monthly from the Federation of Canadian Artists. In 1986, Karen won a couple of awards for one of her paintings and was happy to attend The BC Festival of the Arts in Prince George at the expense of the provincial government.

Later, Karen moved to find work and spent time teaching for the Hesquiat Band in Hot Springs Cove on the west coast of the island. She found time for photographs and sketches, but not for finished paintings. She then lived in the Cowichan Valley for six years loved to go on outings to sketch at the many lovely locations in the area, but again, there was not much time for finished paintings.
In 1996, Karen moved to Burnaby to be near her parents and began teaching in New Westminster. She married Kevin and they stayed in the city for 16 years. Recently, Karen began taking painting courses in acrylic and watercolour at Place Des Arts in Coquitlam and at Century House in New Westminster. Karen and Kevin moved to Comox in April 2013 and she is greatly enjoying meeting other artists in the Comox Valley and finding new people to paint with. Karen finds that getting together with other artists motivates her to keep on working at her art.
Great Blue Heron
Acrylic, 11 x14”
Mountainside Waterfall (detail)