Karen Full -- Quick Draw Karen
ARTIST’S STATEMENT: I enjoy combining caricature and clay to make fun faces of famous people. I consider myself extremely blessed to have learned from many wonderful artists in my life, which has allowed me to support my art habit.
BIO: Karen received a Bachelor’s degree in fine art at U.C. Davis in 1965, and was taught by the valley’s famous artists, Wayne Thiebaud, Robert Arneson, and William Wiley. She gained experience while working briefly at Disneyland drawing pastel profiles, but was most influenced by her mentorship with famous Brown Derby Caricature artist, Frank “Pancho” Willmarth. She studied portraiture with Fred Dalkey, and narrative sculpture with Miriam Davis.
Karen was as a charter member of the Sacramento Regional Illustrator’s Guild and worked as a comp and storyboard artist with Dana Foran Advertising Agency for several years. She has created many magazine illustrations, including a fun cover of Tim Burton and Wes Craven for Digitrends magazine in 2000. Her work is shown in galleries all over the Sacramento region, and she has won many awards, including the “Spirit of California” award at the State Fair in 1992. She was accepted into the “Far Out” show at the SFMOMA in 1999, with her entry featured on the exhibit advertising, and in their coffee table book representing art and literature in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Her piece is included in the SFMOMA permanent collection. Karen has offered classes in cartooning, drawing, painting, and sculpture since 1986.