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.