31 West Broad St.,
Karen McLean has lived and worked for over twenty-five years in the Princeton/Hopewell area where she is well known as an artist, photographer, and teacher. McLean graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting. Having completed her first oil painting at the age of five, she has continued to produce fine art images in various media to the present day. McLean’s interest in photography developed on a trip to Czechoslovakia in 1989. In 1993 she was asked by “Wine & Spirits” magazine to photograph a cover story on Chardonnay. It was the first of many subsequent assignments. In addition to food and wine, classical sculpture, gardens, and especially trees and flowers, are her particular focus. Several years ago she began experimenting with ways to bring together the two disciplines of photography and drawing/painting with their very different technical aspects and visual possibilities. She started both printing and transferring her photographs onto archival watercolor paper, and then altering them through drawing and painting. Materials she has used include regular and iridescent acrylics, colored pencil, pastels, pastel pencils and ink. Most recently she began experimenting with metallic paints and inks and varying the degree of transparency or reflective quality in the surface of the images. She continues to develop her personal imagery, as well as to work on editorial /commercial assignments locally and on annual trips to Europe.