Karen Andrews

Studying Art History at Oberlin College gave me a comprehensive overview of art, and filled me to the brim with ideas, approaches and possibilities for expression. I combined my degree with Studio Art, and spent many absorbing hours in the printmaking studio. After college I began doing photojournalism and documentary street photography in socially challenged neighborhoods of Boston. Influenced by the work of photographer Eugene Richards, I embarked on a photo essay called “Eastie”, an essay documenting East Boston, a neighborhood besieged by urban problems.

I moved to New Haven to help renovate a factory building into artist’s studios, and filled the building with photographers, dancers, painters, sculptors and graphic designers. I experimented with fabric painting and surface design, and had a small crafts business vending one-of-a-kind Tee shirts. I continued photographing the blighted neighborhoods of New Haven.

I began walking in the woods every day with my camera in order to connect more deeply with nature, and eventually followed my heart to the Berkshires. I settled into a more rural lifestyle, shifting from urban documentary to contemplative landscape photography, and began relearning to draw and paint, using watercolor and charcoal. I found the transition between painting and photography to be both nourishing and stimulating.

I married my husband, Michael, a gifted woodworker and artist, and together we fixed up our former horse barn into the Inner Vision Studio, a summer gallery space where I can exhibit my photography and watercolor.