Karen Stombaugh
Karen Stombaugh: Pastel Artist

Exhibiting at Studio Q – Guest

Original pastel nature scenes, Giclee prints, greeting cards

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Karen Strombaugh, Art Wander ArtistKaren Stombaugh

3565 Deephaven Ave.
Deephaven, Minn. 55391


I am a soft pastel painter of “Nature’s Gardens”.  My inspiration is nature’s perfect set-up: where rocks, trees, plants, water, and light symbolize the dynamic dance of life: renewal and submission, quiet reverence, silent communication, mystery and transformation. Also an avid gardener, it is not surprising that much of my subject matter comes from my own garden.

Soft pastels provide wide possibilities for me, from manipulating their brilliant and subtle colors to an infinite variety of textures; smooth and blended to multiple layering and stroking techniques.


Serious about art-making all her life, Karen has a BFA from the U of Minn. She began working on a professional basis, after retiring from a full career in critical care nursing.  During the past few years, she has been privileged to take workshops from many nationally known “master” pastelists.  She is currently membership chair for the regional Lake Country Pastel Society. She has been juried into the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit a number of times. She has recently received rewards from Arts in Harmony International Exhibit in Elk River, the Pastel Society of America, and Lake Country Pastel Society.  She completed 2 paintings as a commission this past year(2014) for the new Averra Cancer Center now opening in Marshal, Minnesota. Her pastel painting: Over the Dam; Pipestone Creek has been juried into the International Assoc. of Pastel Societies 26th Juried Exhibition in Albuquerque, June 2015.