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Kari Duke
I lived for 23 years in a small town in British Columbia where I brought up two children and worked as a child care worker. Four years ago I moved to Edmonton in the middle of January, arriving in a frigidly cold day with more snow than I had seen in my life and I missed my friends, my home, my job, and the beautiful scenery that I was accustomed to painting.....To say that I was depressed would be an understatement, and each time I would take my dog for a walk in the neighborhood I felt claustrophobic and sad. I couldn't think of anything to paint and I was generally in a "funk". One day, however, as I was walking with my dog I noticed how the shadows danced across the snow, and how interesting the back alleys around my home were, with their garbage cans and their fences in need of repair, and the overhead telephne lines....suddenly I had subject matter to paint! So I began painting my neighborhood, and soon what I once saw as small, uninteresting little houses became something beautiful, and the back alleys were gorgeous! Painting these little homes replaced the scenery of British Columbia for me, and I began seeing my neighborhood in a different light. I now love living here and am having such fun painting again.
Kari Duke - Golden Grasses
Golden Grasses
40 x 40 Inches  Oil  $3200 Framed
Kari Duke - Blue Awning
Blue Awning
24 x 24 Inches  Oil  $1920 Framed
Kari Duke - August Backyard
August Backyard
24 x 18 Inches  Oil  $1680 Framed
Kari Duke - Winter Sunflowers
Winter Sunflowers
14 x 16 Inches  Oil  $1200 Unframed
Kari Duke - Urban Poles
Urban Poles
24 x 18 Inches  Oil  Sold
Kari Duke - Early April Alley
Early April Alley
24 x 24 Inches  Oil  Sold

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Biography
    I lived for 23 years in a small town in British Columbia where I brought up two children and worked as a child care worker. Four years ago I moved to Edmonton in the middle of January, arriving on a frigidly cold day with more snow than I had seen in my life and I missed my friends, my home, my job, and the beautiful scenery that I was accustomed to painting......To say that I was depressed would be an understatement, and each time I would take my dog for a walk in the neighborhood I felt claustrophobic and sad. I couldn't think of anything to paint and I was generally in a "funk". One day, however, as I was walking my dog I noticed how the shadow danced across the snow, and how interesting the back alleys around my home were, with their garbage cans and their fences in need of repair, and the overhead telephone lines......suddenly I had a subject matter to paint! So I began painting my neighborhood, and soon what I once saw as small, uninteresting little houses became something beautiful, and the back alleys were gorgeous! Painting these little homes replaced the scenery of British Columbia for me, and I began seeing my neighborhood in a different light. I now love living here and am having such fun painting again.


Education
-Two summers painting in Norway with Jon Lindheim, concentrating on portraiture and scenery.
-Three years studying painting with artist Chris Crosgrey in Hope, B.C.
-Three consecutive summers spent at teh Whiterock Summer School of the Arts, portraiture with David Goatly, general painting courses with Neil Patterson and Ned Meuler.
-Painting classes at the University of Alberta, Extension Dept. instructor Izabella Orzelski-Konishowski.



Galleries
Front Gallery -Edmonton
Kensington ArtGallery - Calgary
Art Beat Gallery - St.Albert, Alberta
Candler Art Gallery - Camrose, Alberta



Art Affiliations
Kari Duke is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and an Associate member of the Society of Western Canadian Artists.


Awards
Three Honorable Mentions  in FCA shows in Vancouver, B.C.
Winner of the Hope and District Chamber of Commerce Banner Contest
Chosen logo winner for the Hope Transition House, Hope, B.C.



Selected Exhibitions
1995 - Solo Show - Upstairs Gallery - Hope B.C.
Nov. 2000 - Joint Art Show at the Grasslands Gallery - Edmonton,Alberta