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The Moment, After and Before. Oil on canvas, 18 x 24 x 1.5 inches

This may look like a painting about fear or trauma, but it is actually a painting about coping with those feelings. …


Six months and counting…

The incomparable Vincent! Photo composition by Karen Espig

Eight months ago, I resolved to quit my day job and relocate to Europe. I have known for my entire adult life that travel was something I wished to do. …


Cadenza - Chroma and Timbre — Inspired by a composer, inspired by a painting, inspired by a musician practicing on a beautiful September afternoon.

“Cadenza — Chroma and Timbre”, oil on canvas, 24 x 36 x 1.5 inches, Karen Espig, 2021

I have a full-time day job, but that is not what I define as my work. I am an artist. Painting is not a hobby or…


It all started with a new pair of glasses

In my new studio — 2019, Ottawa, Canada

In late 2018, I re-launched myself as a professional artist. I also left my marriage. Both of these changes were long-overdue, and it was impossible to make the first without the second.

As I approached the age of 50, I had…


Turning a trigger into a triumph

The Mask is Behind Me — Self Portrait, Karen Espig, oil on canvas, 15 x 30 inches

In my 20+ years of painting, I have completed a few works that I consider pivotal. They either reveal a technical or stylistic evolution in my work; or they portray a defining moment or revelation.

One such work is a self-portrait, The Mask is…


Downsizing for my international move.

Photo by Erwan Hesry on Unsplash

I am preparing for my move from Canada to Europe. I will be vacating my apartment to temporary lodgings on January 1 until my flight out, which I anticipate will be in March. I am very excited about the adventure ahead.

My plan is to…


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Autumn Sessions — Original Artwork by Karen Espig

Choosing to be a professional artist has been a great joy to me. I work every day on my art, whether that means actual studio time (the best part), searching out and creating passive income streams so…


You can do it too!

Photo credit: Karen Espig

Over the next several months, I will be downsizing to a couple of suitcases, putting my finished paintings and portfolios in storage, and quitting my comfortable day job — setting the stage for European travel that begins in the new year with no anticipated return…

Karen Espig

I am a contemporary figure painter, working primarily in oils. Follow my art and travel journey. karenespig.com

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