Kari Kroll - Paintings and Art
Kari Kroll
Kari Kroll

Kari Kroll

Pasadena, CA

"Kari Kroll earned success as a commercial artist creating collage art for publications such as The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, Bon Appetit and The Washington Post. She has collaborated with the Pasadena Civic Ballet on set design for The 12 Dancing Princesses, Peter Pan, Snow White, Aladdin, and Cinderella.

Kari’s abstract paintings have been commissioned by home stagers and interior designers in New York City, southern California, and the Berkshires region of Massachusetts. Her work is currently used by Staged Ryte, a New York City-based home staging company, and is exhibited in homes represented by William Pitt Sotheby’s.

Kari grew up in Long Island, New York, and studied illustration at the School of Visual Arts. She lives in Pasadena, California, where she is married to her best friend, Ken Bower, and is blessed with “The Bower Bunch” of four wonderful children: Eliza Mae, Lilli, William and Kurtis."
Q&A

What is your favorite material to work with?

"Acrylic paints, stretched canvas. For very small pieces I’ll use just the stinger from a bumble bee. For larger pieces I will use an entire side of one of my dogs in order to get just the right texture and movement."
-- Kari Kroll
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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"To hear what people see in my abstract paintings whether its George Washington from the one dollar bill or a yawning baby or a woman turning her head away quickly, captured in a moment. But its wonderful to have people share the images they see in my work. It turns these pieces into a part of a conversation and sometimes a view into a facet of the viewers life."
-- Kari Kroll
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What motivates and inspires you?

"Family. Music. Nature."
-- Kari Kroll
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What makes a space special?

"I’m thinking that you're asking about my studio. I love my studio. The second I step over that threshold I am in my element. I have incredible lighting; a gorgeous mountain view. Its my happy place. I’m surrounded by everything i need: paints, brushes and assorted other tools. I enjoy using my hands, or even a crumpled piece of paper to get the texture i’m needing. Magical wonderland. Its such a lovely gift to have a private space to work where I can focus on paint and can be inspired or walk away without having to clean up. I can leave works in progress knowing the inspiration wont disappear while I'm away."
-- Kari Kroll
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What’s unique about your work?

"I try and paint something I love. And capture it exactly. But I just cant ever get it perfect. So my work ends up being unique. Kind of by accident."
-- Kari Kroll
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How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"I just set out the brushes and some color and then leave the window in the studio open just a crack. Sometimes i come back in the morning. Sometimes i come back after a few days. And if the piece looks done, i take it away and set up another blank canvas with different paints and brushes."
-- Kari Kroll
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What funny moments, unexpected surprises, or obstacles have you encountered?

"Occasionally, but rarely, i’ve walked into my studio while things are happening. Birds will suddenly drop their brushes or bits of feathers or leaves and begin acting like they weren't just painting. Chirp. Chirp. But our eyes meet. And we both know what was just going on here. Sometimes its a squirrel. Sometimes a stray cat. But it is one of those funny moments where we both know what’s happening here. So i leave. And come back later. To wrap up their work and post it on Wescover.

link to Bonus short video (google photos share)
https://photos.app.goo.gl/47JWRurrXJ4xfrCG6"
-- Kari Kroll
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