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Karen Kanas

Artist Statement: I like capturing the beauty and essence of a moment in time or an idea I have that I want to explore on canvas. The content of my artwork ranges from landscapes, abstract art, portraits, and figures. I paint quite deliberately, engaging both traditional and innovative techniques; creating a custom palate for each painting with one dominant color that takes precedence throughout the piece.

My background in the performing arts has shaped my creativity as an artist throughout my life. I share this quality with Marc Chagall who I relate to the most as the performing arts were a significant source of his inspiration throughout his artistic career. With each painting, I learn something new about myself; each work motivates me as an artist and brings me great joy. My talent is always a work in progress. I never settle, which pushes me to explore even further.

Dancer in Motion
Dancer in Motion / Acrylic on Canvas 30×30


Karen was raised in Chicago, Illinois and involved in the arts from a very young age. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre from the Performing Arts Center, Barat College of DePaul University. Karen was fortunate enough to work with such theatre companies as Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Chicago Theatre and Phoenix Theatre to name a few. She studied painting and art history throughout her years in school, in addition to studying architecture and interior design when she moved to Los Angeles, California at UCLA. Karen has been an artist for over ten years. Her background in theatre has influenced her immensely as an artist. Many pieces of her artwork have been on exhibit in Los Angeles, New York City and San Jose.

Road to Perdition / Acrylic on Canvas / 30×30 cm

Karen was featured in DESTIG Magazine as one their top emerging artists for 2019 and in the Los Angeles Art Association 2019 Volume 2 Catalog. She is a Founder Member of ArtChilli Gallery UK, and a member of the Los Angeles Art Association. Karen’s artwork was featured in the September, October, and November 2021 issue of House & Garden Magazine UK, she was the recipient of the 2020 Artist of the Future Award by Contemporary Art Curator Magazine and the 2021 recipient of the Award of Artistic Excellence for her Painting, Dancer in Motion, by Circle Foundation for the Arts. She also wrote and produced her video performance art piece, The Unseen Artist which is a self-exploration of herself as an artist. Karen is the director of the online series, Shakespeare’s Pawn. Part 1 of Shakespeare’s Pawn won the award for Best Production Design Short by the Marina del Rey Film Festival in June, 2022. Karen resides in Los Angeles with her husband actor Ammar Daraiseh.