Karen Herpich

Karen Herpich

Amarillo artist, Karen Sorvari Herpich, began her love and passion for art as a small child with a crayon in her hand. Born and raised in Waukegan, Illinois, she was influenced by the beauty and excitement of nearby Lake Michigan. Much of her work is whimsical and colorful which reflects the joy she feels in God’s creation. She’s intrigued by nature’s organic shapes and rhythms and she is also fascinated by man-made whimsical roadside oddities and how they relate to nature. Her main concentration is in watercolor, acrylics and ceramic sculpture.

Artist’s Statement
Creation is a living, changing human event that happens to everyone, whether that experience is visual, musical, dance or other human endeavors. As I begin to create
a painting, it often takes on a life of its own. It begins to change and evolve in a new direction that oftentimes, I hadn’t planned. To me, that’s the thrill of creation. Art is as much the process of creation as it is the object of creation. That process requires lot of mental energy but it is also great fun. Each work starts the wheels turning to explore something else.

Professional Career
Karen earned a BFA in Art Education at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas and later earned a degree in Graphic Design from Amarillo College. She has been an elementary art consultant to the Salina, Kansas Public schools and taught middle school art in Herington, Kansas. After moving to Amarillo, she served as staff artist for the Texas Panhandle Library System, followed by a career as a graphic designer for Amarillo College. She recently closed her studio and gallery, Sunny Side Up, after almost fifteen years at Sunset Center in Amarillo and now works from her home studio.  Other works of Karen’s may be seen by clicking here to karenherpich.com    Her work has been displayed in museums and galleries around the country and also in many private collections.

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Karen’s work is also available for sale at:

Barnes Jewelry   100 Westgate Pkwy W,   Amarillo, Texas, 79121