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

abstract oil painting trees karen rumora

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.