Biophilia; Standing Witness – Love of Nature

“A human being is part of the whole called by us ‘the universe,’ a part limited in time and space.  He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of consciousness.  This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection of a few persons nearest to us.  Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of understanding and compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

~ Albert Einstein, via Solitude


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Sanguine Shadows, Oil on Panel, 18×24, Artist: Karen Rumora copyright 2017

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Morning, Oil on Canvas, 24×32, Artist: Karen Rumora copyright 2017


Biophilia; Standing Witness


Studio San Guiseppe Art Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
Mount St Joseph University
5701 Delhi Road
September 17 – October 20, 2017
Gallery Hours Monday – Friday 10 – 5, Saturday & Sunday 1 – 5

My new tree paintings are currently on exhibit at the Studio San Guiseppe Art Gallery in Cincinnati. It is an absolute privilege to be in the company of these twelve talented women artists, where we share our unique artistic responses to the natural world.  The particular oil paintings I created are extensions of my experiences as a plein-aire painter. I collected and called on my memories of outdoor environments for this more introspective process. Because of this, the final results have manifested into these abstract, fictional vistas.

Cell-shaped entities grew from a more personal and meditative approach. As these morphing forms bordered on the surreal, I imagined the recent treescapes as a prelude to a dream; a space teetering between reality and wonder. The surface became a tapestry of color resembling biological organisms, with more aspects of the interior structure ofplant life, rather than it’s external features. So this essentially turned my concept of a landscape painting “inside-out”.

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The Enchanted Indifference, Oil on Canvas, 32×60, Artist: Karen

The very action of generating this work transposes my own meditations into visions on the canvas, and further merges the concept of individual and shared energy. As a result, the images represent the generation and integration of life forms as well as an aura of coexistence and harmony of living elements.

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Entwined Tango, Oil on Canvas, 36×36, Artist: Karen Rumora copyright 2017

My thanks to all of those who shared the day!

Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery Mt St Josephs

Biophilia, Standing Witness, 2017 Artist: Karen Rumora


Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery Mt St Josephs

Biophilia, Standing Witness, 2017 Artist: Karen Rumora with Susan Mahan




And if you love trees, here are some links to some amazing TED talks:

Inspiration in Every Moment for Light and Dark Painting

 “Every Moment of Light and Dark is a Miracle.”  ~ Walt Whitman

Rumora Abstract oil painting of forest

Light and Dark. Oil on Canvas. 25.5″ x 45.5″
Artist: Karen Rumora

Light and Dark is a recent commissioned oil painting that I created after observing an animation of light and shadow.

I am so often moved by being outdoors, that I cannot do much more than sit quietly and bathe in my surroundings.  Many times I simply take quick notes.  I memorize the colors, jot down comments on hue and form, then return to my studio to create looser encaustic paintings.  On a recent trip, these notations were captured in the form of small black and white drawings and a few sketch paintings.  I was in the process of writing notes on my sketches for new pieces, when I was inspired by what fell on my page.

In the moment of reliving the mood of my visit, a splattering of light dancing on my sketch pad pulled my thoughts in another direction.  This is not surprising, as I have always been easily distracted.  I was intrigued and somewhat hypnotized by these lively orbs.  For years, circular patterns have been begging me to take notice, so I took this as a “sign”; and I began letting my heart guide my hand.  As I painted,  the repetitive movement was definitely comforting and felt completely natural.  I liked the idea that the circle suggests infinity and that the organic shapes were akin to morphing cells.  My paintings have become patterns of  lit entities in a seemingly infinite space, and my visions have become more animated and surreal.  I imagine these images as a prelude to a dream.

This became the beginning of my new series; another adventure in my artistic journey.


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Light and Dark, installed.



abstract forest painting blog

Light and Dark, installed.


Portrait of Corky at Battery Park Book Exchange

Corky is the current “Dog in Residence” at the Battery Park Book Exchange.  I had the pleasure of meeting, and creating an oil painting of Corky for this one of a kind, unique bar and cozy bookstore.  If you happen to be visiting Asheville, NC, definitely stop in for a visit, and if you live in Asheville, well…lucky you!

Battery Park Book Exchange Portrait

Emily Krainik and Thomas Wright with portrait of iconic dog, Corky.  Battery Park Book Exchange, Asheville, NC           Fine art framing by Patti Bell at Studio B.

You will love strolling into this warm, amply furnished space.  It is a “living room-library-bar-coffee shop” with an incredible variety of books; in fact, thousands in hundreds of catagories….in every room, nook and cranny.  Every square inch is utilized.  There are two floors of rooms, an espresso bar, and a great beer and wine selection.  The book selection and wine list are constantly changing to keep things fresh.  There are comfy couches and club chairs to lounge in while you sip your libation of choice and flip the pages of a favorite author’s work.  A wonderful place to peruse.  And don’t hesitate to bring your dog along! This is a very friendly place with great service where you can hang out and chill.  So are there any oenophiles bibliophiles out there?

Regardless, stop in to experience this unique space.  And check out the art while you’re there……or at least my painting of Corky!

Battery Park Book Exchange Portrait

Dog in Residence, Corky, displayed at Battery Park Book Exchange.  Original oil painting by Karen Rumora.

Fine art framing by Patti Bell at Studio B.

Battery Park Book Exchange

Encaustic has been chosen for Art for Life 2016

I am very pleased to announce that I will be represented by the Sharon Weiss Gallery for the upcoming Art for Life event(s) at the Columbus Museum of Art.  The encaustic painting entitled “Transitions” was selected to be included in this year’s fundraising event.  This piece is one in a series of new experimental works that explore various uses of strong colorful marks and shifts from dark to light.  It continues my references and reverence to natural themes and layers in space.  Please consider attending; it is a fabulous fundraiser that supports the health and wellbeing of individuals in our central Ohio community. (

Art for Life is a biennial art auction gala fundraiser benefiting Equitas Health (AIDS Resource Center Ohio [ARC Ohio]). The 2016 Art for Life event will take place September 24, 2016 at the newly opened Margaret M. Walter Wing of the Columbus Museum of Art.  This will be the inaugural Art for Life in the new 50,000 square foot modern art annex.  The first Art for Life event was held August 5, 1989 at the Battleship Building in the Short North to raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS services in the Columbus community.  The event is currently the largest charity art auction in central Ohio.  (




For the Love of a Sycamore

I’m not the only one who loves sycamores.  I recently completed a commission of a beloved sycamore tree that anchored its roots near its owner’s home.  It was true love.

I can see why.

Sycamore branches grow like outstretched arms and seem to spread them open with hopes of gifts from promising skies.   At times, even the trunk & limbs appear to have the form & weight of  human anatomy.  This tree’s humanistic qualities intrigue me, and while I am painting, I somehow feel I have become one with it, understanding its bends and reaching.  I feel its anchor to the earth, but its constant drive to grow & discover.   It is a privilege to share the earth with living things so inspiring, majestic & strong.  In fact, most have spent more time here than we.  They speak to us often.  We only have to observe…& listen.

Sycamore Commission

“….Sycamore energies help prevent atrophy of higher abilities the individual has brought into this lifetime. It is a reminder to build on old gifts and to express them in new ways. The staff can open communication between the conscious and subconscious minds when used in meditation and magical practices. It strengthens the life force of the individual and opens the opportunities to receive “intuitive and spiritual gifts” from the universe.

The sycamore is also a sign that gifts, which are more mundane, are on the horizon. These gifts may come in the form of assistance, compliments, etc. It is important to receive them graciously, for if we do not receive the little things, the universe will not bring us the big things. It holds the knowledge of the laws of abundance and how to utilize them to your greatest benefit. It also has the knowledge of hidden treasures of the Earth.

The sycamore awakens the feminine energies of intuition, beauty and nourishment around us. It can open us to the energies of love and Nature and all their magnificent aspects. The sycamore will augment all connections to Nature, and its appearance in our life encourages us to draw upon the realm of Nature for health, abundance and inspiration.”

From Sycamore Tree
*Nature-Speak/Ted Andrews
Keynote: Nourishment and beauty abound; new life and new gifts.