About the Artist

Karen Humphries Alley

Karen Alley - Biography

Karen grew up along the South Carolina coast, and attended Clemson University, where she received a degree in Business Management.  Most of her adult life has been spent living up and down I-85: Greenville/Spartanburg, SC, Atlanta, GA, and currently in Charlotte, NC.  Her love of creating art began in high school with a wonderful art teacher, “Mr. Gore”.  She always maintained her love of art and interior design through the years, but placed “creating” it on hold after marrying and having two fabulous sons.  In 2007 while living in Atlanta, she decided to pick up the brush again, turning one of her great passions into a career choice.  She has studied extensively at Braitman Studio in Charlotte, NC with gifted artist and mentor, Andy Braitman, as well as at Butler Studios in Gastonia, NC with artist Curt Butler.   When not painting she enjoys watching her sons play sports, and following her beloved Clemson Tigers and Carolina Panthers!  Also an avid exerciser, she taught cardio classes for twenty years, and enjoys photography. 


Artist Statement:

Color.  I LOVE color.


I have created paintings over the years in a variety of styles, evolving from representational to where I am now, which explores the line between abstraction and representational, created with playful and vibrant colors, colors that invite the viewer into the scene.


That first stroke of bright and eye-popping color on a solid black or white canvas is like that first bite of chocolate to a salivating chocoholic!  The vibration of complimentary colors against each other excites me.  Color combinations can come from something as simple as a piece of fabric or even stacked linens in a catalog picture.  My love of color has been greatly influenced by artists such as Andy Braitman, Wolfe Kahn, and Brian Rutenberg.


Images are chosen because of their strong composition of light and shadow or their ability to come alive by adding color.  Light acting in nature for a landscape or on everyday objects for a still life inspires me. I take many of my own photos, but also find inspiration from friends who love to pass down their own photos!


My art is somewhat whimsical, drawing the viewer in and making the predictable, unpredictable, with intense hues of strong or bold color and shape.  I am fundamentally interested in conveying a sense of uplifting emotion through my work. 

Karen Alley - Biography