Karin Bolstad received a Bachelor’s Degree in Illustration and Design from Western Washington University in 1994, and since then has worked both as a freelance illustrator and designer and as an in-house illustrator and designer (among other things). These days she has abandoned the world of illustration and design and spends her time being a mom, but when she has a free moment, you’ll find her in her new shared studio (blueschoolarts.com) on Whidbey Island WA, pursuing fine art (aaandd starting a new art school). She has shown at a variety of venues, from Cafe Ladro, Caffe Vita, and every Seattle coffee shop in between; as well as Bizarro Italian Cafe, Prima Bistro, and other places of fine cuisine; and has even dabbled in the world of galleries at The Rob Schouten Gallery and Brackenwood Gallery.
Her artwork is primarily figurative, her medium is acrylic painting/mixed media, and her art is heavily influenced by Byzantine Icon Writing and turn of the century illustration. Her process is to find a vintage photo or postcard to use as a model, and then embellish the painting with antique papers, fabrics, jewelry, bits of nature: anything that catches her fancy. Some of her favorite artists (and influences) are Gustav Klimt, Amedeo Modigliani, Kay Nielson, Michael Sowa, Mercer Mayer, and Edward Gorey.
The Sapphire Gown of Bogwyllen
Daughter of the Yellow Rose
Girl from the Grey House
Dark Mistress of Stormhaven
Last Duchess of Ashe-Rose Hall
Silent Witness of Witch-Fire Mansion