Originally from Montreal, Canada, Karen Roehl moved to Denver as a youngster in 1967. She has enjoyed living in the growing and vibrant Mile-High City, where she raised her two daughters, Vesla and Andria.
Roehl began her artistic career when she completed a design program at the Art Institute of Colorado in 1987. She enjoyed a successful career as a graphic artist for over 20 years, the last eight of which were spent running her own design business.
Satisfying a life-long desire to expand her creative talents into the fine arts, she entered the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program at University of Colorado at Denver in 2004. Roehl continued working with graphic design while attending classes full time. She was the recipient of the Colorado Scholar’s scholarship award in 2007, UCD’s Fellowship award in 2006 and 2007, and completed her BFA degree in December 2007, graduating magna cum laude.
Roehl joined the faculty at Art Student’s League of Denver where she hosts classes in basic and abstract painting. Roehl enjoyed a successful career as a graphic artist for ov
er 20 years, the last eight of which were spent running her own design business. She expanded her creative talents into fine arts earning a Ba
chelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2004. She was the recipient of the Colorado Schola
s scholarship award in 2007, UCD
s Fellowship award in 2006 and 2007, and completed her BFA degree in December 2007, gradua
ting Magna Cum Laude. Now known for her paintings inspired by abstract expressioni
sm, Roehl has work in many private and national collect
ions. Roehl also enjoys combining realism and her abstract m
ark-making to create contemporary western genre paintings,
primarily using horses for inspiration. Roehl joined the faculty at Art Student
s League of Denver in 2011, where she hosts classes in ba
sic and abstract painting. She was also a founding member and served on the Board of Denver
s acclaimed Ice Cube Gallery in the RiNo Arts District. She regularly participates in group, juried and invitational exhibitions. SELECT EXHIBITS
- Repeating Exhibiting Artist – Coors Western Art Exhibit, Denver, CO – since 2015 - Repeating Exhibiting Artist – Stampede Western Invitational Art Exhibit, Greeley CO – since 2015 - Art for the Sangres, Westcliffe, CO – 2016 and 2017 - Featured Artist – Walker Fine Art Gallery, Denver, CO – 2012 - Annual Solo and Group Shows – Ice Cube Gallery, Denver, CO – 2010 to 2016 - Featured Exhibiting Artist - Artwork Network, Santa Fe Arts District, Denver, CO – 2015, 2016, 2017 - Select Artist Featured – TOWN Showroom, Denver Design Center, Denver, CO - Represented at Art Expos in Las Vegas and New York AWARDS
s Choice Award – Weekend in the West, Evergreen Fine Art, Evergreen CO – 2014 - Editor
s Choice for Artist to Watch – Southwest Art Magazine – February 2016 - Selection Committee Award – Greeley Stampede Western Invitational Art Show – 2016 - The 2017 Featured Artist – Greeley Stampede Western Invitational Art Show – 2017