Highlands {Gardiner Lane Shopping Center}

Our Highlands market, located at 3046 Bardstown Road, has a gallery space available for displaying work by a featured artist for a 3 month period, beginning with an Opening Celebration on a Friday evening. Artist are selected by a team at Rainbow Blossom based on how well we believe your art to fit with our markets, our mission, and your plan to promote the exhibit. To be considered as a featured artist, please read the Artist Contract and complete the form below. Thank you!

Our current artist at our Highlands Market is Karen Boone. Her art will be on display through February.

The reception for her work will be on Friday, December 8, 5-7pm.

“The Wilderness caresses my soul.” – Karen Boone

“The Wilderness caresses my soul.” – Karen Boone

Karen Boone – A Natural Explorer

I create environmentally friendly paintings inspired by nature and backcountry hiking adventures. 

In 2016 I backpacked in Costa Rica, below the rim of the Grand Canyon, and thru-hiked the John Muir Trail (200 miles) from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney. In 2017 I spent a week hiking in the backcountry of Glacier National Park and a week in the Cascades. I do tiny sketches while in the field, then create larger pieces back in the studio. My paintings focus on nature’s powerful colors and energy, often with a figurative quality. 

I try to make my art supplies as environmentally friendly as possible. I hand-mix archival natural pigments (free of fillers, additives, synthetic preservatives, toxins, petroleum-based pigments and heavy metals) with walnut oil for oil paint, or gum arabic, honey and clove oil for watercolors. I stretch my own canvases using organic cotton and plant-based gesso, (free of horse hooves or rabbit skin). I often use sticks or rocks to move paint on the canvas, a style I call “Wild Brushes.” I have been painting sustainably for over 10 years when I started experimenting with Amish milk paint, so that my painting reflected my minimalist lifestyle.

Karen Boone – Bio

I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and graduated from St. Stephen Martyr, Sacred Heart Academy and the University of Louisville. I received my masters from the Basel School of Design in Switzerland and had a one year internship in Amsterdam with BRS. I worked at Pentagram New York for several years, transferring to Pentagram San Francisco for another few years. I worked in Tokyo Japan with PAOS for almost two years. I have had my own design and art firm Karen Boone Design  in since 1994. I live in Audubon Park and Memphis IN, and am recently engaged to Rick Runyon, my partner in adventure. My son Ian Boone Timothy lives in North Hollywood and is an accomplished animator and banjo player. I have always had a minimalist lifestyle, I have been vegetarian since my 20s, I recycle, hang my clothes to dry, use a reel mower, compost, use essential oils/soaps/cleaning products and eat organic as much as possible. I want to thank Rainbow Blossom, I have been coming to your stores since the 70s, you have always been ahead of the curve on sustainability. I also want to thank Preston’s Art Center, an awesome local art store, where I buy Made in America stretchers and walnut oil.

Fall Lake 2017

Fall Lake 2017

"My hope is to share a love of nature and bring awareness to preserving our planet." - Karen Boone

"My hope is to share a love of nature and bring awareness to preserving our planet." - Karen Boone

Red River Gorge

Red River Gorge

Karen sketching in Grand Canyon

Karen sketching in Grand Canyon

Big South Fork

Big South Fork

Helen Lake sketching.

Helen Lake sketching.

Mt. Whitney 2017

Mt. Whitney 2017

Painting process in nature.

Painting process in nature.

Bernheim

Bernheim

Muir Pass

Muir Pass