Karen has been awarded the 2019 President’s Medal for her paintings Botany Fireflies and The Sulphur Traders.
ASMA President, Stan Stefaniak, wrote:
It is with great pleasure that I announce that the ASMA President’s Medal for 2019 is awarded to Karen Bloomfield ASMA.
Karen’s great interest in painting the maritime industrial environment is evident in her wonderfully evocative portrayal of port scenes, depicting a variety of vessels and related activities that attest to her understanding and dedication to marine art. Her keen observation of ship construction and her well-planned placement of these vessels and port infrastructure on canvas in an interesting manner, together with Karen’s strong tonal values and colour palette, create an arresting ‘tension’ in her paintings.
Karen lives on the Central Coast of NSW and is the ASMA State and National Vice President, as well as being an Exhibiting Member of both the ASMA and the RAS of NSW. With two artworks in the collection of the Australian Embassy in Kabul, she is one of a select group of Australian artists chosen to represent Australian Art in International Embassies.
Karen’s work is found in collections throughout Australia, Amsterdam, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, China, Ireland and Afghanistan.